Be Skilled – Be Qualified – Be Paid
Traineeships are designed for young people aged 16 – 17, with extended age eligibility for young people with a disability up to age 22 and up to age 24 for those from an in-care background.
What will I learn?
The programme is aimed to provide training for up to 104 weeks (156 weeks for those with a disability) to help you gain the recognised skills and qualifications to help you progress in your chosen career.
Delivered across three strands:
- Skills for your life
- Skills for Work Level 1
- Skills for Work Level 2
Skills for your life will help you address personal and development needs and gain skills and qualifications you need to get a job or progress to higher-level education or training.
Skills for Work Level 1 and 2 will help you gain skills and vocationally related, professional and technical qualifications. They enable you to gain employment or progress to the next level of training provision, to further education or an apprenticeship.
What will I achieve?
You will be required to achieve a targeted qualification in four areas.
The four areas are:
- personal and social development
- employability skills
- professional and technical skills
- essential skills in communication, application of number and ICT
You will discuss and agree on a Personal Training Plan (PTP) with NWRC detailing the targeted outcomes, progression routes and associated milestones.
You will also receive job experience and job sampling based on your needs and the opportunity to experience different workplaces and decide what sort of work suits you best.
Trainees may be entitled to an Education Maintenance Allowance. EMA pays £30 per week and is available to 16–19 year-olds (means tested). Attendance is monitored and payment is dependent on full weekly attendance in all subject areas including placement. Bonuses are also payable on the achievement of qualifications.
EMA Application forms are available online.
If you would like to receive an EMA application pack by post please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0287127 6010.
If your parent(s)/guardian(s) receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)/Income Support, means-tested Job Seeker’s Allowance or Housing Benefit, that benefit will not be affected by the EMA.
If you are entitled to one of these benefits in your own right, then that benefit will not be affected either. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) will also be entitled to receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit provided all other conditions for receipt of the benefits are met.
In addition, you will receive participant bonuses at various stages of your training.
Travel, lodging and childcare allowances may be paid depending on individual circumstances.