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Itec to help tackle youth unemployment in London through traineeship programme

Itec Training Solutions (@ITECskills) will help tackle youth unemployment in London after winning a contract to deliver traineeships, working with its subsidiary, The Centre (@CSCTheCentre).

Itec has delivered traineeships in Wales for over 30 years. Now, working with The Centre’s key employer accounts in London, it will provide 19–24-year-olds with meaningful work experience opportunities to boost their chances of getting employment or an apprenticeship.

The latest Traineeship Programme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July 2020 is a £111m skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from six weeks up to one year, though most traineeships last six months on average.

James Pearson, Director at The Centre for Strategy and Communication, commented:

“We’re delighted to work with ITEC to support our clients in offering work experience opportunities to young people in the Capital. We’re proud to help to tackle youth unemployment at a critical stage in rebuilding the country post COVID.”

Traineeships are designed to help young people aged 19-24 who may not have the appropriate skills, experience, or opportunity to find employment.

The programme is fully funded by the ESFA. Employers can apply to receive a financial incentive of £1,000 per trainee for up to 10 trainees once the placement has been successfully completed. A traineeship gives employers the chance to build a steady stream of high-quality recruits with the specific skills needed for their sector.

The programme also allows employers to mentor a young person. It will be looking to work with employers committed to investing in the future of young people and playing a part in rebuilding the country post COVID.

In addition to sourcing a high-quality work placement, Itec will also be delivering employability skills, maths, English and digital skills support if required from their premises on Old Street, EC1.

London-based employers will now be approached, and those who have the capacity to do so will be asked to help tackle the youth unemployment crisis and take on a trainee. Not only will they be providing a much-needed opportunity to those who need it the most, but they will be recruiting an ideal candidate with job-specific skills that will benefit their business.

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