Evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships Programme


27 06 2019


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In partnership with Wavehill Research, Learning and Work Institute evaluated the Welsh Government’s Traineeship programme for the period 2015-2019. The aim of the programme, for the period of the evaluation, was to reduce the proportion of young people in Wales, classified as not in education, employment or training (NEET), and to facilitate their progression into employment or further learning.

Over 16,000 young people, aged 16-19, participated in the programme between 2015-19. After completing their Traineeship, 31% entered employment, rising to 52% by 12 months. Learners reported a range of benefits including team working, CV writing, communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT.

The evaluation showed that out of a net cost of £53.1 million, the programme generated an estimated economic and employment benefit of up to £206.5 million over 5 years.

The report explores the impact the Traineeships programme has had in both its hard and soft outcomes; the overall value the programme has added through a cost-benefit analysis; lessons learned for the future delivery of similar programmes and how good practice can be replicated and benefited from.

The report also includes a series of conclusions and recommendations for the future of the programme.

Watch highlights of what we found out:

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