A Traineeship is a flexible, sector focused training programme available to employers. At its core, Traineeships are a work experience placement that gives young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for with the possibility of helping them secure an apprenticeship or other job in the future.
Some of the benefits for employers include:
- gives your current employees experience in training and mentoring new staff
- allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
- help you increase capacity and productivity
- help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
- is a route to finding new staff for your business
- allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices.
Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may also receive an incentive payment of £1000 per learner, for up to 10 learners (2020/2021 only).
Frequently asked questions
Training costs are met by government funding. Employers are not required to pay the young person taking part in the traineeship but may support trainees with expenses.
Traineeships are a minimum of six weeks and can last up to 1 year but are usually less than the full year.
When offering a Traineeship work placement you need to provide a safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience a minimum of 70 hours of work experience - but no more than 240 hours for benefit claimants - over the duration of the Traineeship (maximum of one year) and as agreed with the Traineeship provider constructive feedback and advice to the trainee.
Employers are not required to provide a job at the end of the traineeship. However, once the young person has finished their Traineeship with your company, you will need to give them either:
An interview for a position within your business if one is available; or If no apprenticeship or job opportunity exists within your business at the end of their traineeship, provide an exit interview together with meaningful written feedback to help them secure a future apprenticeship or other employment with another employer
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