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A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months).

Benefits to employers

A traineeship:

  • Is flexible, can be sector focused and is funded by the government, no cost to employer
  • Gives your current employees experience in training and mentoring by supporting the trainees you take on
  • Allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
  • Can help you increase capacity and productivity
  • Can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • Allows you to help tackle youth unemployment
  • is a route into an apprenticeship
  • Allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices

Responsibilities as an employer

When offering a traineeship work placement you need to provide:

  • Safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience
  • A minimum of 70 hours of work experience
  • Constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job in your business at the end of the traineeship if one is available
  • An exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available.

The traineeship is free to your business, but you may support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals.

How will it all come together?

Asset Training will assess the needs of the trainee. Trainees may need pre-employment training before starting work experience.

You and Asset will then plan and agree:

  • The days the trainee works.
  • How the programme will be delivered.

Traineeships are flexible. You can adjust the programme as you go to make sure you and the trainee get the most out of it.

How can you make sure the work placement is meaningful and high quality?

What should be included in final exit interview if there is no job available?

  • What went well
  • What the jobseeker found to be a challenge and how they dealt with it.
  • What the jobseeker enjoyed/disliked most about their placement.
  • How they felt about adjusting to the work environment.
  • How well they settled in and worked with colleagues.
  • Invite the jobseeker to feed back on their impression of Asset as an organisation and the local area in which they worked.
  • If the jobseeker undertook a project as part of their work experience placement, invite them to share their findings.

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