Fareham College has been successful in securing funding to expand its outstanding Traineeships programme nationally.

A skills development programme designed to support young adults to move into employment, Traineeships are an intrinsic part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ initiative to aid the country’s economic recovery during and post the global pandemic.

The programme, aimed at young adults aged between 19 and 24 years, offers participants the opportunity to learn practical skills and gain qualifications with a focus on preparing them to progress onto an Apprenticeship, employment or further education. Traineeships include a work experience placement, giving employers and young adults the opportunity to see if they are a good match for each other before committing to commencing an Apprenticeship, or full-time employment. The flexible training programme develops the Trainees’ knowledge, skills and experience to support their progression onto an Apprenticeship, employment or further learning. Initially, Fareham College will be offering Traineeships in five different sectors: Digital; Facilities Management, Warehousing and Logistics, Onsite Construction and Manufacturing.

Fareham College Principal and CEO, Andrew Kaye said, “In securing this additional funding from the Department for Education, we will now offer our diverse range of Traineeships across the country including support for 256 young adults in the South East alone, as well as covering new areas in London, the West Midlands, the North East and the North West.

The College already has an extensive network of employers it works with and we are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity to support young adults across the country into Apprenticeships, employment, or further study, while also assisting employers in building a pool of high-quality future talent and contributing to the country’s economic recovery post COVID-19.”

By taking part in this Traineeship programme offered by Fareham College’s Business Plus Team and supporting a young person aged 19 to 24 years to access a four-week work experience placement, employers are able to claim £1,000 via a government grant, but also have the opportunity to assess how well the Trainee fits into the role and the organisation, before offering an Apprenticeship to the best candidates. Employers who offer a Trainee a follow-on Apprenticeship will unlock up to £3,000 of Apprenticeship incentives and a host of free training designed around roles in their business and supporting the further development of the new staff member.

Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice, Mia Woodford, commented, “I undertook a Traineeship with Fareham College last year in Digital Skills. The training was really good and gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to secure an Apprenticeship, which means I earn while I learn and further develop my experience in the workplace. I would recommend doing a Traineeship as it really helped me to gain additional knowledge, including English and Maths Functional Skills qualifications, and is the perfect spring-board onto an Apprenticeship, employment or further study. The tutors work really hard to help you to achieve your goals.”

For more information regarding the Traineeships programme, Apprenticeships and the other Government ‘Plan for Jobs’ incentives please contact Fareham College’s Business Plus Team by emailing business@fareham.ac.uk