National Apprenticeships Week: Pathways to Apprenticeships and employment for school leavers

March 5th, 2019

This National Apprenticeships Week (4 – 8 March), training provider Skills Training UK is encouraging school leavers to explore Traineeships as a pathway into an Apprenticeship, employment or further education. Traineeships are practical, work-based programmes to help young people aged 16-24 achieve vocational qualifications, work experience and the skills needed to progress.

At Skills Training UK’s training centres in London, Brighton and the West Midlands, Traineeship programmes are offered with a range of local employer partners in a variety of sectors such as customer service, business enterprise, hospitality, and warehousing. Skills Training UK tutors also support young people to achieve skills such as CV writing and interview techniques, while also improving their English and maths.

Graham Clarke, Director of Education and Social Mobility at Skills Training UK, said: “This National Apprenticeship Week, we’d like to highlight Traineeships as an ideal stepping stone for young people who aren’t quite ready for an Apprenticeship or sustained employment after leaving school or college. Traineeships provide an opportunity for young people to discover their career interests, to meet local employers, learn practical skills and boost their confidence so that they’re ready to take the next step.”

In London, 18-year-old Mansi Desai has secured a Business Apprenticeship placement after completing a Traineeship with Skills Training UK. Mansi worked towards qualifications in Business Administration, Customer Service, and Personal Development and Employability at Skills Training UK’s Wembley Centre in summer 2018.

Mansi said: “Before I started with Skills Training UK, my life was very different. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I was going. I loved my journey with Skills Training UK and really enjoyed all my courses. I learned how to develop my skills, gained a lot of confidence, made a lot of new friends, and received great support from all of my tutors and assessors. My aspiration is now to work in business.”

Callum Evans, 20, of Brighton, has turned his life around after completing a Hospitality Traineeship with Skills Training UK in his home town. Callum, who also achieved qualifications in English and maths, was offered a full-time position as a Catering Assistant at Mill View Hospital in Hove following a work placement.

Callum said: “I never thought I’d end up working in the NHS but it’s been so rewarding. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Skills Training UK and I’m incredibly thankful for the skills I learned during my traineeship and for the tutors who helped build my communication skills.”

In the West Midlands, Matt Small is ready to pursue a rewarding career in the NHS after achieving industry-recognised qualifications through a Skills Training UK Traineeship programme. The 20-year-old left college without a clear career path, but after six months at Skills Training UK’s Dudley Centre, Matt had developed the confidence, skills and qualifications he needed to progress into employment.

Matt said: “I found the whole experience life-changing. I struggled to talk to people before but now I have a lot more confidence and feel like I can talk to anyone. All the tutors were brilliant and supportive, and really helped me whenever I needed them, I can’t thank them enough.”

National Apprenticeships Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service as a celebration of Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

See here for more information or to enrol on our Traineeship programmes, or find your nearest Skills Training UK centre here.