A young person’s Traineeship will be complete at the earliest of the following exit points:
· the young person progresses into employment, an Apprenticeship or further education and training;
· all elements of the young person’s agreed Traineeship programme are completed; or
· the young person completes six months on the programme.
(Framework for Delivery 2014-2015)
“Whilst we want the vast majority of young people to progress from a Traineeship into an Apprenticeship, sustainable employment or further learning by the end of six months, we recognise that this will not always be the case. For these young people, trainees will have significantly increased their skills and given them work experience and a reference to include in their CV, putting them in a much stronger position to find work. In these instances, we expect the provider leading the Traineeship to ensure that young people are in contact with organisations that can help them find work or training opportunities and that they are supported to complete any qualifications, including English and maths, begun on their Traineeship.”
(Framework for Delivery 2015-2016)
The government’s recently published response to “Traineeships Funding In England – Funding Reform Technical Consultation” recognised the need for clearer definitions of outcomes. Currently, no timescales have been provided as to when the new definitions for Apprenticeships and sustainable job outcomes will be available.
“The funding agencies will publish new definitions for Apprenticeship and sustainable job outcomes from Traineeships that give a better indication of sustainability and that the outcome is directly related to the programme. We expect this to include the requirement that the employment has taken place for at least 8 weeks within 6 months after the Traineeship. To recognise and promote the value of enterprise and entrepreneurship in Traineeships, we plan to include self-employment as an acceptable outcome. However, we will work with the sector to determine the most appropriate means of defining self-employment and what the evidence requirements should be.”
(Traineeships Funding In England – Funding Reform Technical Consultation)