Traineeships rule change
Young people aged between 16 and 19, including 18-year-olds, are now able to claim JSA throughout their period on Traineeships.
This follows the abolition of the 16-hour rule on study time in Traineeships, and a relaxation of the rules surrounding work experience placements in August allowing participation in work experience for up to 300 hours, as opposed to a strict limit of 8 calendar weeks.
The SFA and EFA have removed the requirement for sub-contractors delivering Traineeships to hold an Ofsted Grade 1 or 2, enabling those with a Grade 3 to commence delivery as well. The new rules came into force from 1 April 2015.