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Traineeships: The “Extended Interview” for Local Young People

Black Country training experts, Pilot, are helping to put local young people on a pathway to a future career with the region’s employers, thanks to the development of an exciting traineeship programme.

Available to 16 to 24-year-olds, traineeships are a government-backed initiative to support young people into employment.

Blending classroom based English and maths tuition with employability skills, traineeships also encompass a work experience placement.

Simon Barker is one of a number of trainees keen to use the placement as a stepping stone to a future career.

“The training is really excellent and if I get the opportunity to continue with the employer on a full time basis I'm going to make sure I take it,” he said.

Whilst some employers are opening short-term placements as a means of supporting young people’s development, others use the opportunity to fully assess potential recruits over an extended time frame.

As Pilot director, Andy Pettigrew explains, used as a recruitment tool, traineeships can help the region’s employers to build a diverse workforce in a responsible way.

“We know that many employers are keen to give local young people their first step on the career ladder but they aren’t always aware of the best way to achieve it.

“A traineeship programme is a perfect way of applying an extended interview which gives time to develop the employability and functional skills that employers are looking for, in a way that GCSEs often don’t.”

A local training provider with a national reach, Pilot has more than 15 years’ experience of delivering government-funded programmes and commercial training in a range of sectors, including manufacturing and logistics.

“We deliver traineeships as part of an integrated recruitment and training model that is shaped to suit the needs of specific employers,” added Andy.

“From traineeships, to apprenticeships and our award-winning Pilot Academies, we’re confident we can offer employers a solution for recruiting new staff or up-skilling their existing workforce.”

Last modified on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 09:24

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