MY Traineeship-Salford Futures(Salford City Council) - Employer Led
Salford Futures is a well-recognised and highly regarded employability programme amongst local partners and residents in Salford, which has helped to provide many young people with tangible support to find work over the past five years.
MY Traineeship usually lasts for either 12 or 16 weeks and includes the following activities and support:
An 8 week work experience placement – minimum 2 days per week
Training and support to improve Maths and English skills and to achieve an accredited employability qualification (level 1) and vocational qualification (level 1) – minimum 2 days per week
£40 per week training allowance for the full 12 or 16 weeks
£200 reward payment
Full travel expenses to attend both placement & training
Our support for young people focuses on personalised, end-to-end provision which aims to build confidence and help individuals overcome recognised or perceived barriers, whilst participating in genuine and tangible work experience opportunities. To support our programme, we commission a number of targeted support services and work closely with statutory providers to ensure the support provided is holistic and appropriate.
Salford City Council has teamed up with Pendleton Together, Salford City College and Myerscough College to provide young people with access to a consistent Traineeship package of support.
We want young people in the City to have access to quality training and work placements, to ensure they have the necessary skills and experience required by employers for jobs and apprenticeships. As a partnership, we have a range of Traineeships available in Salford and hold joint recruitment and assessment events with young people. This coordinated approach helps young people, referral agencies and parents to better understand the Traineeship offer and navigate the range of vocational opportunities available.
Between January 2014 and July 2016, a total of 36 young people completed Salford Futures – MY Traineeships, with 28 (78%) progressing into a positive destination; apprenticeships (47%) and jobs (31%).
A further key measurement of Traineeship success is the number of young people who have successfully undertaken training and achieved a recognised accredited qualification. Between January 2014 and July 2016 a total of 5 MY Traineeships were delivered and the following 50 qualifications were attained by the young people involved:
In addition, enabling young people to increase their functional skills levels in English and/or maths is key element of Traineeship delivery and equips young people with the necessary skills to be considered for apprenticeship opportunities.
The majority of young people completing MY Traineeship activity have moved up at least one level and in some cases have increased their functional skills ability by two levels. This equates to 26 out of 36 completers (72%) and is based on them taking and achieving the Functional Skills tests. Those who show no attainment did not attend for their exams but have demonstrated they are able to function and a level(s) above those at the start of the programme.
Mantra Learning deliver Traineeship Programmes focused on the automotive and logistics sectors. They currently utilise a group intake delivery model and a ‘roll on roll off’ start and end date. They have developed a 12 week programme where Trainees spend the first five weeks in Mantra Learning’s Middleton centre undertaking vocational related activities and gaining vocational qualifications, i.e. Level 1 warehouse and storage, PPT, Tyre fitting Level 2, work preparation skills and Functional Skills if required.
The trainees spend the final seven weeks in a work placement for five days per week for a maximum of 30 hours. If the Trainee requires further Functional Skills training then the work placement is reduced to four days per week and the Trainee will continue to attend the Middleton centre one day a week for further classroom-based Functional Skills provision. They use a mix of timetabling styles so that whilst there is a fixed 12 week programme learners attend Functional Skills classes based upon the outcome of their Initial Assessment. Trainees from both sector groups will share some classroom time but the provision is still based upon the individual’s needs.