Traineeships: providing young people with skills and experience they need for work

If you are interested in finding out more about employing trainees and the benefits they can bring to a business like BT, please complete the enquiry formAlternatively you can call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600.

BT launched its traineeship programme in 2014 recognising that young people in England needed extra help to move into work. Traineeships and work placements are an important part of BT’s commitment to tackle youth unemployment which also includes recruiting large number of apprentices and graduates each year.

Deb Lee, Chief Learning Officer, said: “Traineeships are a great way for young people to gain the valuable skills and experience they need for work. They are also a great way for BT to connect to potential future employees.”

BT works with Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, training organisations and its own employee friends and family network to focus on helping 16 – 24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training. The trainees are led through a structured programme for seven weeks with the work experience being in a variety of environments ranging from BT’s customer contact centre to field engineering placements or even the TV operations centres in the BT Tower.

At the end of the programme, each young person is given an interview to assess their readiness to work and they are also able to gain qualifications based on their written or observed evidence. In most cases, these are Business Admin and work skills qualifications and some individuals are also able to gain maths or English qualifications, equivalent to GCSEs.

Since January 2014, 560 people have started a traineeship or work placement with BT and of those that have completed, over 50% are now in education, employment of training.

Jade Harrison, a recent graduate from the programme and now working for BT, said: “This opportunity helped me to get my life back on track. I met some amazing people during the course, gained the experience I needed and got myself back on my feet.”

It is not just about getting into work at BT, with trainees finding jobs in over 80 local and national companies thanks to the help they have had from their traineeship at BT.

The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships in England. It offers free, impartial advice and support to employers looking to recruit for the first time or expand their programme.

For more information on traineeships please take a look at the fact sheet for employers or complete the enquiry form to talk to someone at the National Apprenticeship Service.

Alternatively you can call the National Apprenticeship Service on freephone 08000 150 600.