Traineeships and Apprenticeships
Traineeships and Apprenticeships are obviously related to each other, but there are a number differences between the two schemes.
Traineeships are aimed at those in the bracket of 16 – 24 years, who have left school without meaningful qualifications, particularly in Maths and English, and probably without the communication skills required by the workplace environment.
The idea is that Traineeships will bridge the way into Apprenticeship, or even employment for this bracket of young people.
Finding an opening in employment when your only experience in social interaction and learning has been the classroom can be daunting, but Traineeships can offer a “hands-on” taste of the big, wide, workplace.
Although it carries no wages, it does carry the potential to show the trainee where their future possibilities may lie.
The Traineeship course can last anything from 6 weeks to 6 months, and can include if necessary, more help with basic Maths and English.
It is of course possible to progress from Traineeship to becoming an Apprentice, working for the same employer, or in the same work environment.
An Apprenticeship normally carries a qualification from a training organisation or college, or even university. This is a certificate of achievement which you can show to future prospective employers to prove that you really know what you’re doing, and how to do it!
Course lengths vary from 1 year to 4 years and the subjects available are varied and far reaching, from accountancy to construction, from plumbing to dress design, from engineering to where?
An apprentice is paid, at least the minimum wage, most employers pay more as UK Business leaders understand the benefit of training the next generation.
The courses, although hands-on, will need the apprentice to attend their training centre, college etc, on a one day a week basis, (day-release), or perhaps a number of days in a short period (block-release) to continue the hands-off part of learning.
Apprenticeship really means a real job with real training, real wages, and a real way to obtain a nationally- recognised qualification.