More providers can offer Traineeships after rule changes

In a very welcome move in last week’s SFA Update, it was announced that from last Friday 27th March, young people aged between 16 and 19 would in future be able to claim JSA throughout their period on Traineeships. Following the abolition of the 16-hour rule on study time in Traineeships, and a relaxation of the rules surrounding work experience placements at the beginning of the academic year whereby those on Traineeships could participate in work experience for up to 300 hours as opposed to a strict limit of 8 calendar weeks, these latest moves represent another response by DWP to AELP’s continuing lobbying for changes to benefit rules to increase the flexibility of Traineeships and bring down disincentives to participation amongst young people.

In a separate move it was also announced that SFA and EFA had removed the requirement for sub-contractors delivering Traineeships to hold an Ofsted Grade 1 or 2, enabling those with a Grade 3 to commence delivery as well. AELP has also been lobbying on this matter for some time, arguing that overall Ofsted gradings are too blunt a tool to be used in this way given that it is the lead contractor’s responsibility to assure quality of delivery overall, and that this rule merely constrained levels of potential participation at a time when there is a drive to increase Traineeship uptake. The new rules will come into force from April 1st 2015.

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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