The Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) is a 100 strong network of training providers. Its members work with 20,000 Greater Manchester employers on a regular basis and constitute 95% of all Apprenticeship delivery across Greater Manchester.
The mission of the GMLPN is to support the continued growth and expansion of the Greater Manchester economy by promoting the value to business of investing in skills and human capital. The GMLPN also strives to secure a more effective alignment of the economy with the skills system and to encourage employers to invest in their human capital - that is building up competences, knowledge and personality attributes embodied in the ability to perform work so as to produce economic value.
The Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) has been commissioned by New Economy to contribute to the Apprenticeship Hub activity by creating a Toolkit to support Skills Providers to deliver more and better quality Traineeships and Referral Agencies to refer an increased number of eligible young people onto Traineeship programmes, across Greater Manchester.
A key dimension of the Greater Manchester strategy is to reduce youth unemployment. Unemployment has risen sharply since the start of the recession; consequently, the number of Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) claimants has increased from 41,845 in January 2008 to 62,600 in July 2014. Young people have been severely affected, whereby, in July 2014 one-third of JSA claimants were aged 16-24, and the unemployment rate for that particular group has risen from 6.3% to 9.8%. In recent years we have witnessed steady reductions in both youth unemployment and the number of young people classified as Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). This is a welcome trend, but there is still much to do. Too many young people lack the basic skills that enable them to secure and sustain employment.
Traineeships have the potential to make an important contribution, enabling young people to gain valuable work experience, tackle their skills needs, and importantly, helping them to progress into Apprenticeships. The experience can help to motivate young people and provide them with the skills, qualifications, experience and behaviours that employers are looking for when recruiting for Apprenticeships and other jobs. As part of the broader Raising the Participation Age government campaign, Traineeships also have the potential to make an important contribution to increasing the number of young people who are in learning post age 16.
Despite the potential, awareness and take up of Traineeships by young people in Greater Manchester has been limited, with only half of the skills providers in Greater Manchester who are eligible to deliver Traineeships, doing so. Whilst there is clearly evidence of an increase in the number of starts in Greater Manchester in 2015, the overall levels are below what we would expect when compared with other areas. In addition, the rate of growth lags behind that experienced both nationally and in other areas of the North West. Conversely, the experience of those young people undertaking Traineeships is positive. Those providers engaged are making the model work, enabling young people to progress into Apprenticeships.
Research undertaken by the New Economy identified a number of barriers to the take up and expansion of Traineeships. There are issues of perception, understanding, eligibility and funding rules. This Toolkit has been designed and developed as a response to address these issues in conjunction with providers, referral agencies, employers and young people.
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