Consulting firm Capita and banking company Barclays have joined hands to offer young unemployed people assistance in securing their first job. To do so, the two companies have set up a traineeship consisting of five weeks of training and six weeks of work experience, to be completed with an apprenticeship or job offer.
Capita Talent Partnerships, Capita’s business dedicated to unlocking talent and helping businesses grow, and UK banking and financial services company Barclays have teamed up to offer a new traineeship to unemployed 16-24 year. The new traineeship has been developed to assist young people who need a helping hand to prepare for and find work. “We know it can be really tough for young people to get their first break in the world of work. This scheme gives young people the opportunity to develop the skills that employers are looking for, gain invaluable work experience and access real apprenticeship and other job opportunities,” explains Mary Cantle, Capita Talent Partnerships Head of Marketing.
Young people who apply will receive a five week programme comprising of employability training and work preparation offered by Capita, Barclays and other local businesses. In addition, the trainees will receive a six-week employment experience with a business in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, London or Leeds. At the end of the six weeks, the trainees will be interviewed by their host employer and, if the experience has been successful, offered a job or apprenticeship. To those unsuccessful in securing further employment, on-going support to help them capitalise on their traineeship experience and find work will be offered.
For businesses the scheme offers a way to recruit talented young people. Mike Thompson, Director Early Careers at Barclays, explains: “Traineeships are a fantastic way for businesses of all sizes to engage with, support and recruit talented young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities. We’re looking forward to welcoming young people into work experience placements in Barclays through this programme. The scheme is helping us recruit talented young people that we’d find it very difficult to reach through a traditional recruitment model.”