Our traineeship programme has run for two years and supported many young people along with the continual development of the programme.
What is the Bucksinspired Traineeship course
The Traineeship course supports young people with gaining the skills to get into an apprenticeship, work, or college.
Focussed on supporting young people aged 16 to 24 years (up to 25 with an EHCP) who are currently not in employment, education, or training. English and Maths support from Buckinghamshire Adult Learning (if you do not already have A* to C or 4 to 9 grade GCSE) and an opportunity to do a work experience placement with a local employer.
The last two years of our Bucksinspired Traineeship programme has supported many Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) young people with:
- functional skills
- emotional support
- living skills
During COVID 19, we adapted the program and created an online learning environment using Google Classroom. This enabled young people to continue to access the informative and interactive traineeship programme sessions. It enabled us to support young people who were struggling with lockdown rules and who were missing out on human engagement. This group of 11 young people completed the course and gained their level one employment skills certificate.
On the first session back in the classroom, 33 young people signed up for the course in High Wycombe, many travelled from across Buckinghamshire. Following this, we decided to deliver sessions two days a week in High Wycombe and two days a week in Aylesbury, so that we could make the young people's journey easier.
We support young people with their career and education choices. We look for a wide range of work experience opportunities to support young people in their preferred careers.
Previous trainees achievements
An amazing 88 young people have completed the traineeship to date. These young people have gone into various careers, including:
- health care assistants
- care assistants
- trainee chefs
- apprentice mechanic
- apprentice window fitter
- large vehicle mechanic apprenticeship
- trainee personal trainer
- trainee Gymnastics coach
- sports coach
- bar staff
- glass collectors
- admin assistant
- drivers’ mate
Many of our young people have gone to college to study courses such as:
- Fine Art
- Health and Social Care
- Travel and Tourism
- Hair and Beauty.
Traineeship programme development
The course has been developed to:
- deliver the Grow it, Cook it, Eat it (GICIEI) program to support young people with growing sustainable foods and cooking on a budget. We run a series of workshops that shows young people how to prepare tasty and nutritious meals on a budget, using minimal equipment to prepare them. This is important for those young people who are about to live independently.
- include Adviza support with careers, advice, and guidance
- include Here4YOUth to deliver a drugs awareness session.
- visit local allotments and add the extra hands-on experience to the student learning environment funded by a grant from FEEDBACK.
The courses are delivered with a holistic approach and are flexible with each group and their needs.
Many of our young people come to us with no real idea of what they want to do or how to get there. With support from us, a sense of belonging, support for their self-belief and careers, advice, and guidance, we can find their ‘thing’ and support them to believe that they can be what they want to be, whilst showing them how to achieve their goals.
A young person is eligible for the course if they:
- are motivated to work
- are currently not in a job
- have little or no work experience
- are aged 16 to 24 (25 with an EHCP)
- have either no qualifications or qualifications below level 3 (A ‘level)
If they can answered yes to the above they are eligible.
How to apply
If you have any young people who you would benefit from a Bucksinspired Traineeship, please tell them about it.
The 12 to 24-week course will help young people with:
- work or education
- independent living
- cooking skills
- functional skills
- employment skills and a chance to gain work experience
The course runs two days a week in:
- High Wycombe: Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2:30pm
- Aylesbury: Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2:30pm
The students need to attend their closest location on both days.
Need more information
Rachel, our traineeship coordinator, is happy to have a chat with any young person who would like some more information. Please email [email protected] for an application form.