Blackpool in traineeship bonanza

Traineeships at the DWP in Blackpool are up for grabs
Traineeships at the DWP in Blackpool are up for grabs
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Youngsters wondering what to do after getting their A-level exam results have the chance to try for a civil service apprenticeship in Blackpool.

The Department for Work and Pensions has 90 traineeships up for grabs with local DWP departments, which could, in turn, lead on to one of 55 apprenticeships.

But time is running out and youngsters are being urged to call quick to secure one of the positions which have been organised alongside the Blackpool’s Jobcentre Plus in a bid to create valuable opportunities for young people.

Anyone interested and who is registered unemployed and has one A-Level or fewer is asked to call (01253) 615523 for more information by tomorrow if possible.

The traineeships are 10 weeks, consisting of a five-week programme of classroom-based events followed by a further five weeks of work experience within DWP Departments aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds who are unemployed, and may have little work experience or qualifications so far in life.

On completion of the programme, successful trainees will be offered the chance to take up an apprenticeship position at the DWP. Those who are unsuccessful will receive post placement support for up to three months from partners Capita.

Amy Pond, deputy operations manager from Blackpool Jobcentre Plus, said it was an ideal opportunity for young people to gain three qualifications during their time on the traineeship including work experience followed by the opportunity of a paid apprenticeship.

She said: “This is very timely. If people are picking up their exam results and want to consider an alternative pathway then a traineeship leading to a possible apprenticeship may just be the right thing for them. A total of 90 positions is really good news for Blackpool and there are also 50 traineeships in Preston too.

“We are trying to encourage people to make more of their summer holidays by gaining some work experience and we have some major employers getting on board but there are also these vacancies within the civil service.

“The DWP has these positions in local DWP sites which could lead to an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship of course is paid and is a one-year position which leads to an NVQ Level 2 qualification.

“Then they can apply for any vacancies within the DWP. When someone is on an apprenticeship they will learn a whole range of skills which will help them in their future careers.

“They will learn all the aspects of the work within DWP Departments from admin to back of house work . It will give them good all-round experience. Work experience really does help. We had 52 customers do it since April and 15 of them have gone into work as a result.”

She said young people should not underestimate how valuable having work experience was when finding full time careers.