City of Wolverhampton College has launched a new scheme to help boost the employment prospects of young people across the region.

The Traineeship programme has been designed to help 16 to 24-year-olds develop the skills they need to get a foot on the jobs ladder.

The scheme, which can last anywhere from six weeks to six months, includes work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement. At the end of the placement, the young people involved will receive a job interview if a role becomes available or an exit interview and a reference.

Over 150 businesses around the country are already backing Traineeships, which have been introduced in order to tackle skills shortages among candidates and help employers develop a pool of high-quality employees.

Director of Employment Skills & Commercial Delivery Georgina Parker said: “Traineeships are a great way for young people to gain the skills and experience they need to secure a job and improve their long –term prospects. We’re delighted to be working with our employer partners on this programme and would encourage other employers in the area to consider offering Traineeships. All training is funded by the government and it provides a great opportunity to develop the skills base of young people in the area who are currently just missing out on an Apprenticeship or other job, while employers can develop the skills of their future recruits.”

Traineeships are run by the National Apprenticeship Service, the organisation responsible for delivering and funding Apprenticeships. Karen Woodward, National Director of the National Apprenticeship Service said: “Traineeships offer an ideal opportunity for the region’s young people to gain the skills and experience they need to take their first step on the career ladder – whether that’s an Apprenticeship or other job. We are now urging more employers to take on trainees in order to help ensure a pipeline of talented young people with the personal and practical skills and experience required in the labour market.”

For more information call 01902 836000 or email

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