Coinciding with work experience week October 12-16, PET-Xi Training, experts in high impact motivational educational courses, has launched a traineeship programme to help young people aged 16-18 in Sheffield who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET) to gain the skills and experience they need to get an apprenticeship or a job.
A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.
Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation, support with English and maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.
Unlike most other traineeships available, the PET-Xi programme is not subject-specific, instead offering opportunities across a range of industries including catering, retail and administration, making it ideal for youngsters who haven’t yet decided on their future career path. The PET-Xi scheme is also longer than many others. Typically a traineeship lasts anywhere from 6-24 weeks, with a majority of schemes aiming to get students in and out by week 10 but PET-Xi is offering a 18-24 week programme which is much more thorough and beneficial and aimed at young people who are currently furthest away from the labour market. At the end of the traineeship each trainee will receive a guaranteed job interview, or an interview, together with written feedback and references, which will help secure an apprenticeship or employment with another employer.
“We are delighted to launch this scheme to help vulnerable and disengaged youngsters get into the labour market,” said PET-Xi’s joint managing director Fleur Sexton. “I’ve seen firsthand how support like this can make a huge difference to young people’s lives.
“As well as giving confidence and real skills to the trainees, there are also big benefits for employers who will gain energy and new ideas from having an enthusiastic young person join their organisation, large or small. It’s a great chance for them to ‘try before they buy’ – and they are not required to pay them a salary, their support is payment enough.
“There isn’t much help out there for young people who need support to get to the next level of employment prospects – we want to do everything we can to get them on the right path and help them look at their future more positively.”
Starting with 24 students, PET-Xi is aiming to get 100 students through the programme by the end of 2016 and to extend its reach beyond Sheffield.