South and City College Birmingham is working with Birmingham City Council to offer a Traineeship programme that is giving young people in Birmingham the skills and experience needed for employment.
The council has offered a ten week Traineeship opportunity to 12 young people who have little skills or experience in the workplace but who want to work in business administration.
Following the Traineeship, there will a guaranteed interview that may lead to up to six full time, paid Apprenticeship jobs.
The Trainees who started their placements on Monday 20 January are working within Birmingham City Council's People's Directorate, and are getting on the job experience as Professional Support Assistants in providing administration and clerical support to staff and external customers. They also attend the college to gain additional workplace, CV and interview skills to increase their employability prospects.
Traineeships were launched by the Government in August 2013 to help young people who would like to undertake an Apprenticeship or job but who do not yet have the skills or experience to be successful in getting employed. They are unpaid work experience placements, which include essential workplace skills as well as on-the-job training.
Lakesh Paul, aged 18, from Wolverhampton, is one of the Trainees. He said: "I've really enjoyed my time at the Council and I'm now familiar with working in an office environment. This week I've been working alongside people services helping with adoption administration work like archiving and managing databases. I've also had the chance to develop my telephone skills and I have learnt about the internal mail system. Working with a range of teams has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of the organisation and I have been able to transfer skills I've learnt in one department to another.
"This Traineeship has given some great experience to put on my CV. I really wanted to work in administration, but was struggling to get a job because I didn't have any experience - I am hoping that completing the Traineeship will change that for me."
Mike Hopkins, principal of South and City College said: "Traineeships are a chance for young people who don't have the skills or experience under their belt to get their foot in the door of employment. It gives them a chance to get on-the-job experience with an employer but also gain the workplace skills employers are looking for.
The fact that they lead to interviews for Apprenticeships are excellent and I think that this programme will really help young people gain meaningful employment."
Cllr Muhammad Afzal from Birmingham City Council said: "We are delighted to be offering 12 young people in the region the chance to get some great work experience which may lead to employment. The people that complete the Traineeship will be guaranteed an interview for an Apprenticeship with the Council – which may be the start of a long and fulfilling career with us."