Manufacturers back trainee plan

Brompton300A number of manufacturing plants are backing a new traineeships programme that, from August, will offer 16 to 24 year olds a package of training and work experience to give them the skills and confidence to get a job or a formal apprenticeship.
More than 100 employers – among them the folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle – have committed to being part of the traineeships programme and more are being encouraged to sign up.
Announcing the scheme’s launch, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said the delivery framework which set out how traineeships would work took on board the views of more than 450 responses to the traineeships discussion paper published in January.
The traineeships would, he said:
*   Provide work preparation training such as interview preparation and CV writing.
*   Offer training in English and maths.
*   Include a high-quality work placement (between six weeks and five months).
*   Last a maximum of six months.
*   Include training from providers who are rated “Outstanding” or “Good” by Ofsted to ensure a high-quality programme.
Brompton MD Will Butler-Adams said: “We face considerable skills shortages in our sector, particularly in specialist areas like brazing and design. The newly announced traineeships will, we hope, provide us with a highly practical route to promote these occupations to young people and offer them a very practical opportunity to learn the basics before progressing to a full Apprenticeship.”

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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