The government has launched proposals for a new trainee scheme in a bid to prepare young people for employment.

The scheme will be aimed at those aged 16-24 who are not ready for an apprenticeship or a job. The programme will teach English and Maths and offer interview preparation and CV writing advice.

Barclays have welcomed the traineeships, they currently run an apprenticeship scheme, Barclays Apprenticeships, the spaces of which are mostly filled (80%) by those not in education, employment or training (NEET.)

Mike Thompson, Head of Learning and Development for Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking, says:  “Our apprenticeship programme already offers vital pre-training to young people particularly if they have no prior work experience or qualifications to help prepare them for an apprenticeship. Often this can involve really simple things like preparing for a job interview which can make a big difference to young people’s employment prospects.”

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