Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Building Skills for a Brighter Future

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Building Skills for a Brighter Future

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Unions and businesses call for high-quality traineeships

Businesses and trade unions have joined forces to lobby for high-quality traineeships that teach relevant and transferable skills to young people.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the government's traineeships programme, which aims to give young people the skills and experience to go on to an apprenticeship or job, the TUC and the CBI released a joint statement of support for employers wanting to take part. But they said businesses had to offer a high-quality experience if the programme were to succeed.

"Traineeships must include good training and work experience and it is vital that trainees are fairly treated," said TUC assistant general secretary Paul Nowak. "The TUC also encourages employers to pay travel and meal expenses, as well as providing financial support."

CBI deputy director general Katja Hall said: "While the economic recovery is starting to reach young people, levels of youth unemployment in the UK are still worryingly high. …

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