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Employability covers a broad range of programmes, focussing on developing the skills and mindset of a candidate to ensure they best equipped for the workplace. These programmes take the form of traineeships and sector-based work academies.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a flexible training and work experience programme for young people aged 16-24, focusing on developing real work experience with work readiness skills, including achieving Level 2 Maths and English. A traineeship can offer an alternative recruitment solution to apprentices and/or young workers, reducing cost and minimising business risk.

With no cost to the employer offering the work placement, you can see how a candidate fits in with your company. Whilst there is the benefit of low-cost recruitment, you can offer traineeships to simply contribute to a young person’s start in their career. There’s also no obligation to offer permanent employment at the end of a traineeship.

You can offer a single work placement, but if you are able to offer opportunities for several trainees in the same area, we can also work with you to develop a bespoke traineeship programme. This programme is individual to your organisation, focusing on the skills and behaviours your organisation values.

Traineeships last between 12 and 20 weeks, with trainees typically in work placement for 2 to 3 days a week with the remaining time spent on training.

Why should my company offer traineeships?

Your company’s best asset is its people. Utilising young talent means that you nurture loyal and engaged employees who are invested in the future of your business.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider an employability initiative:

  • Find talented new team members without the hassle and expense of recruitment agencies
  • Create a talent pool of forward-thinking individuals for your future apprenticeship programme(s)
  • Support the development of your local community through recruiting young people who are keen to start their working careers
  • Challenge and develop your current staff by assigning them mentoring roles for trainees

Babington is one of a partnership of local organisations delivering the Groundwork Greater Nottingham, Towards Work, Building Better Opportunities programme across Derby Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, jointly funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s European Social Fund (ESF) allocation and the Big Lottery Fund.

To find out how we could support you with a traineeship,

get in touch with one of your nearest Babington centres

What is a sector-based work academy?

A sector-based work academy is a government-funded initiative aimed at helping individuals aged 19 and over to secure permanent employment through accredited training and a short work placement.

Sector-based academies can last from one to six weeks and are designed to focus on helping businesses meet their short-term and long-term recruitment needs. The programme has three core elements:

  • Pre-employment training
  • Work experience placement
  • Guaranteed job interview

Sector-based work academies are flexible to the unique needs of your business, helping you to achieve your business objectives. There is no direct cost to your business when considering becoming a sector-based work academy.

Why choose Babington as an employability partner?

We’ve been helping businesses make the most of government funding to find and train talented people. With many years’ experience working on employability programmes, we’ve developed a full and unique offering to help guide you through the process from start to finish.

We can support you in many ways:

  • Recruit, enrol, and onboard high-quality candidates, saving your in-house staff time
  • Monitoring learner progress to ensure successful course completion
  • Provide blended-learning solutions that fit the needs of your business
  • Support you and your employees with mentoring, structure, and exit interviews etc.

To find out how we could support you with your employability skills,

get in touch with one of your nearest Babington centres

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