New report shows positive destinations for Traineeship learners in 2015/16

February 27th, 2017

Skills Training UK has published a new report showing that the rates of progression it achieves for Traineeship learners aged 16-24 is higher than the national average – even though, when they enrol with Skills Training UK, a higher than average number of these young people do not have GCSEs at grade C or above in English and/or Maths.

More than half of Skills Training UK’s Traineeship learners are from socio-economically deprived areas – with higher than national average numbers qualifying for the Education Funding Agency (EFA) economic uplift or the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) disadvantage uplift.

The data for the report is based on Skills Training UK ILR data (2015/16) as well as Department for Education SFR data (January 2017) and FE & Skills First Release data (November 2016).  In addition to statistics on Skills Training UK’s Traineeships, the report includes case studies of 16-24 year-olds who have progressed into employment, Apprenticeships or Further Education, as well as endorsements from employers and partner agencies.

In 2015/16, there were 229 young people aged 16-18 and 607 young people aged 19-24 on Skills Training UK’s Traineeship programmes across England. 54% of Skills Training UK’s Traineeship learners aged 16-18 (compared to 42% nationally) and 57% of Skills Training UK’s Traineeship learners aged 19-24 (compared to 46% nationally) achieved a positive destination into Higher level Further Education, Apprenticeships or employment.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, said: “At Skills Training UK, our values are about making a positive difference to the lives of every young person who joins one of our programmes. We are fully inclusive in our approach, creating genuine opportunities for progression for each individual, whatever their background or prior educational attainment.”

“In line with Government policy on social inclusion, Skills Training UK help each young person to address any personal issues or barriers to learning that they may face, creating a positive environment for them to grow in confidence while they develop skills around communication, teamwork and employability. Our tutors also help them with maths, English, ICT and vocational qualifications, taking a one to one approach where this works best for the learner.”

Skills Training UK’s new Positive Destinations report is available to download here.

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