Commenting on the announcement of the new framework for delivery of traineeships by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“Young people need more opportunities to gain the skills that employers really value, and work experience to demonstrate their worth. Traineeships can provide a reliable route to employment for those motivated to work, but who currently lack the necessary skills and experience. This framework should give employers the confidence to recruit young people and to create more apprenticeship opportunities.
“Apprenticeships are an excellent way for individuals to earn while they learn, and to develop skills and experience that will increase their employability. Unfortunately many employers struggle to find quality candidates to fill their apprenticeships. The combination of literacy, numeracy, and real work experience in the framework will help to bridge this gap and enable many more motivated young people to meet employers’ standards.”