Offer a Traineeship


Offer a Traineeship


Could you offer a traineeship or work experience placement to a young person? Traineeships are a great way to recruit new talent for your business.

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement and can last from 6 weeks up to a year. Traineeships help prepare young people aged 16 to 24 for work and can often lead onto an apprenticeship.

You’ll need to make sure the work placement is high quality, lasts a minimum of 70 hours and provides constructive feedback to the trainee. It’s a great way to get to know a young person to see if they’re right for your business and recruit new talent.

Traineeships are unpaid, but you may choose to support trainees with expenses such as transport or meals. You can also claim an incentive payment of £1,000 per trainee once the work placement has been completed.


How do Traineeships work?


You’ll work with a training provider to design your trainee programme. They’ll assess the needs of the employee and provide any pre-employment training required before they get started. They’ll help you put together a plan to agree the length of the work experience placement, the days the trainee works and how the programme will be delivered.

Traineeships are really flexible. You can change the programme as you go along to make sure you and the trainee get the post out of it. Whilst they can last up to a year, they typically last between 6 weeks and 6 months but need to be a minimum of 70 hours.


What happens after the Traineeship


After the work experience placement has concluded, you’ll need to offer the trainee an interview if a job or an apprenticeship is available in your business. If there isn’t, you should provide an exit interview with constructive written feedback that can help them find work elsewhere.


Why should I offer a Traineeship?


Traineeships are a great opportunity to work with a young person and get to know them first but offering a job or an apprenticeship. It also lets them try you out too to make sure they understand what the job involves!

You’ll also be able to design a programme that suits the needs of your business and the trainee, give them some initial training and mentoring and attract new talent to your business.

What’s more, you can claim £1,000 incentive once the work placement has been completed and you claim this incentive for up to 10 trainees per region. It’s up to you how you use the money and all other costs are funded by the government, although you may choose to support the trainee with expenses.


Get started


If you are interested in offering a work placement for a traineeship:

Contact the National Apprenticeship Service to register your interest and to ask for advice and support on traineeships. They can help you set up a traineeship and advertise it on Find a traineeship.
Partner with a training provider who will help you to design a traineeship that will meet your business needs. They will also advertise the work experience placement for you.
Agree with the trainee and your training provider exactly what each of you expects from the traineeship.


How we can help


If you’d like to find out more about traineeships, apprenticeships, SWAPs or work placements, contact the Jobs Match team on 0161 513 0039. We’ll help you understand the pros and cons of each and put you in touch with local training providers who can help get you started.

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