Vocational Skills Partnership (Wales) today announces two innovative alliances to promote and facilitate progression routes for Traineeships into work based learning programmes.


VSP is a unique consortium of four private training providers operating across South East and West Wales from offices in Cardiff, Abercynon, Bridgend and Port Talbot. The four partners; Aspiration Training, Educ8, TSW and Network Training service a large range of apprenticeship and career pathways to include Health & Social Care, Engineering, Manufacturing, Management, Dental and Butchery. Collectively they are one of the largest apprenticeship providers in Wales and hold one of the largest Jobs Growth Wales contracts in South Wales.  

 VSP has developed working alliances with two of the leading Traineeship providers in South Wales, Rathbone and PeoplePlus, to ensure high quality progression into work based learning programmes. 

Dr Mark Brenner, VSP’s Chief Executive explains, “early discussion with Rathbone and PeoplePlus arose from our mutual objectives of engaging young people, in the 16-24 age group, onto often life changing opportunities through work based learning. Putting learner interests and employer needs at the forefront has enabled us to derive a framework for Traineeship providers and Work Based Learning providers that will;


  • Progress Traineeship learners onto work based learning programmes
  • Expand the number of Traineeship progression programmes through the development of promotional products, educational resources and signature events.
  • Increase the awareness and attract more interest from employers and learners in target sectors.
  • Promote the benefits of Traineeship to work based learning programme progression within the community and all stakeholders.”

Traineeships is a programme for young people aged 16-18 who want to work, but who need extra help to gain the skills required to progress onto an apprenticeship, job or further education. Traineeships will give the opportunity to develop the skills and workplace experience that employers want.

 Job Growth Wales is a scheme to help young people aged 16-24 throughout Wales gain employment opportunities for a six-month period. For unemployed young people, the government will pay their salary and National Insurance contributions for the first six months.


Apprenticeships are a way to earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Coupled with additional training from a partner training provider, the individual will work towards nationally recognised professional qualifications.

To ensure successful progression from each programme, consistency and continuity of learner management is essential.

When learners are ready to progress from Traineeships, opportunities to enter a Jobs Growth Wales role will be explored with VSP.During programme transition both partners work together to ensure appropriate levels of pastoral care and safeguarding are maintained and continued. As learners progress through Jobs Growth Wales and potentially onto an apprenticeship, both partners will participate in joint learner progress/monitoring review meetings.

The Traineeship Progression Alliance will be jointly marketed to promote the working alliance to employers and learners.

 Dr Brenner believes that this model will serve as a template for progression and will make available and share the benefits of the alliance working as an example of best practice to the network of work based learning providers in Wales










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