Traineeships for the Service Sector

Skills Training UK’s Traineeships for the Service Sector have been developed to meet the emerging employment opportunities in London’s service industries. They are for 16-24 year-olds who have the potential to secure a full-time job or an Apprenticeship or to go onto further education or training.

A 10 week programme of classroom based learning has been designed for the young people at Skills Training UK’s Wembley training centre where they gain the essential skills for full-time employment. These include CV writing and interview techniques and the young people receive careers help, as well as coaching in English, Maths and ICT.

The sky’s the limit for the young people as they then choose their work experience placement. A pioneering partnership between Skills Training UK and BT means some of the young people are experiencing working at BT Tower as part of their Traineeship. BT Tower is 177 metres tall (581 fit) and is a major UK communications hub owned by BT Group.

At BT Tower the young Trainees are gaining an insight into new technology, the media and communications networks during two-week work placements. They each have a BT ‘host’ employee to work shadow and they experience roles such as customer service and IT.

Employers including Harness Medical Centre and Sainsbury’s are also providing work placement opportunities for young people on Traineeships for the Service Sector.

At the end of the work placement each young person is given an interview, employer testimonial and a reference to add to their CV. Skills Training UK then works with each young person to progress them into an Apprenticeship, full-time job or into further education or training.