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What Is A Traineeship?

A Traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work experience placement.

Traineeships help prepare young people aged 16 to 24, or 25 with an education, health and care plan, for employment or an apprenticeship.

Traineeships must include at least 70 hours of work experience placement. They can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, but most last less than 6 months.

Employers can offer a work experience placement to a trainee. They will work with a training provider to design the programme.

The training provider will assess the needs of the trainee.

Trainees may need pre-employment training before starting their work experience placement.

Employers will then work with the training provider to plan and agree:

the length of the work experience placement
the days the trainee works
how the programme will be delivered

Traineeships are flexible. Employers can change the programme as they go to make sure they and the trainee get the most out of it.

Asset Training can assist you with the recruitment of traineeships in a variety of sectors including Business Administration, Customer Service, Teaching Assistant and Digital Marketing.

What is my responsibility as an Employer?

Employers must provide:

    • a safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience placement
    • a minimum of 70 hours of work experience placement over the duration of the traineeship (if the trainee claims benefits, the placement cannot last longer than 240 hours)
    • constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
    • an interview for an apprenticeship or job in their organisation 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

Funding and incentives

The government funds traineeships. Traineeships are free to the employer, but they may choose to support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals. Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may be eligible for an incentive payment of £1,000 per learner. They can claim this incentive for up to 10 learners per region. Employers can decide how to use the money.

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