8 May 2015

Skills Training UK’s partnership with BT included in Framework

A partnership between Skills Training UK and BT has been highlighted by the Government as part of its best practice Traineeships guidance which is made available to providers of the programme and employers. The ‘Traineeships Framework for Delivery 2015-2016’ is published jointly by the Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The partnership between Skills Training UK and BT, featured in the Framework, offers Skills Training UK’s young trainees the opportunity to gain an insight into new technology, the media and communications networks during a two-week work placement at a BT centre.

During the work placements the young people each have a BT ‘host’ employee to shadow and experience various technical, engineering, IT and customer service roles. As well as learning about different job roles, there is a focus on improving individual employability skills. The timetable includes mock interviews, practical thinking and business problem solving, with practical exercises. Each young person keeps a log and discusses learning points each day with their BT hosts.

The work placements were piloted at the BT Tower in Central London at the end of 2014 and from April are being introduced at two further BT centres in London. BT Apprentices and former Apprentices who have progressed with the company are leading the Traineeships project with Skills Training UK.

Damian Brown, Ready to Work Programme Lead at BT, said: “We recognise that it’s tough at the moment for young people to find jobs which is why we are delighted to be partnering with Skills Training UK to help their trainees gain the valuable experience they need to progress to employment. BT has a number of programmes across the UK that help school children and adults prepare for work as well as recruiting hundreds of apprentices and graduates each year.”

One of the selected trainees, Maera Khan, 18, said of the Traineeship: ‘“It was a fantastic experience and a real opportunity to learn about global TV networks and broadcasting. I learned so much."

Skills Training UK was consulted by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills during their development of the Traineeships programme and has created its own brand of bespoke Traineeships which appeal to those sectors where employment opportunities and skills gaps are emerging.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, said: “Skills Training UK has developed our Traineeships to be sector-specific with an employer focus and we are delighted to see our excellent partnership with BT has been included in the Framework for Traineeships delivery.”

‘Traineeships for Industry’ and ‘Traineeships for the Service Sector’ 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.

The Traineeship begins with a programme of classroom based learning at a Skills Training UK centre to gain essential skills for full-time employment. The work preparation includes CV writing, interview techniques and careers help, as well as English, Maths and ICT coaching. This is followed by a high-quality work experience placement such as the one with BT.

See page 24 of the Traineeships framework which can be downloaded here.

For further press information about Skills Training UK please contact:

Penny Arbuthnot, Genesis PR – 01473 326401

Email: penny.arbuthnot@genesispr.co.uk

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