PETROC is one of the training providers to start offering traineeships in North Devon from September.
Traineeships have been created by the Government to use a substantial work placement combined with work skills training and support as a stepping stone for young people aged 16 to 24 into jobs, apprenticeships or further education.
Traineeship programmes run by Petroc will enable young people to study employability skills, a specific vocational qualification as well as English and maths. A work placement, related to an area of interest, is a key part of the programme and it is hoped the majority of students will be able to secure employment where they are based.
"The traineeships are ideal for anyone who hasn't yet been successful in securing work or an apprenticeship," said programme manager Allison Leverton. "They are designed to help get young people work-ready and we are currently in talks with large employers in the area, who are very interested to get on board."
Petroc will be offering two types of traineeship: a 22-week programme for 16 to 18-year-olds and a 14-week programme for those aged 19 to 24. Each week students will spend, on average, three days in a working environment and two days at college.
The college will be running a programme throughout the 2013/14 academic year, with the first group starting at the beginning of the autumn term.
Young people wanting to find out more can contact Allison Leverton on 07411 122799 or Jo Goodreid on 07411 158156.
Employers of all sizes can participate in the programme and offer traineeships. Call Rob Schubert, Petroc's programme manager for employability, on 07973 626967.