What is a traineeship?
A traineeship is an extended work placement programme lasting a minimum of 8 weeks, including a work placement. It is an exciting stepping stone helping a young person to get a head start for their future career.
Traineeships help young people aged 16-24 in England and aged 16-19 in Wales, get the appropriate skills or experience needed to get ready for an apprenticeship or job. The programme will:
Provide a high-quality work placement of a minimum of 70 hours with an employer
Build confidence and employability
Support the trainee with maths, English and digital skills
Develop your CV writing and interview techniques
Gain industry specific knowledge, skills and behaviours
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How will a traineeship help your business:
What are the benefits to taking on a trainee?
The benefits to taking on a trainee are:
- A traineeship is flexible and can be sector focused
- Can help to increase productivity within your workplace
- You can develop a loyal, talented and dedicated workforce
- You can help to tackle youth unemployment
- A traineeship is a chance for you to work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices
What are my employer responsibilities?
You will need to provide the following:
- A safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience
- A minimum of 70 hours of work experience
- Provide the trainee with a mentor in your organisation
- Constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
- The traineeship is free to your business, but you may support with covering travel expenses to and from the placement
We can help you design the programme
We will work with you to plan and agree the following:
- The days, hours and times the trainee will start and finish their placement
- An induction plan for the trainee whilst with you in the workplace
- Agree a mentor for the trainee
Hire a trainee and claim an incentive payment
All employers who take on a new trainee for a work placement opportunity before July 2022, will be eligible to receive an incentive payment of £1000 from the government as a part of their Kickstart scheme (this is capped at hiring 10 learners per employer).
Capped at 10 learners per employer
Get in touch with us to find out more
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We offer traineeships in Birmingham, Gloucester and Wales. Our expert team are on hand to talk to you about traineeships and offer advice.
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Our most asked questions
Do I need to pay the trainee for the placement?
As the traineeship is a training programme and not a job, you are not required to pay the trainee for the hours worked whilst completing the work placement but you may support them with expenses such as transport and meals.
Are there any financial costs to offering a traineeship placement?
100% of the 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 such as transport and meals. Undertaking a traineeship does not impact a young person’s benefit entitlement.
What are the benefits of taking on a trainee?
Taking on a trainee can help you to fulfil your corporate and social responsibility by helping young people within your local community to take their first step into employment. Traineeships can allow you to develop a capable and sustainable workforce by bringing in young people who are committed to learning and developing their skills within your business, on a placement that can be completely tailored to your needs.
What will my business need to provide?
Companies commit to providing a high-quality work experience opportunity, which is substantial and meaningful for the young person. The work experience element should last for at least 70 hours (a maximum of 240 hours for benefit claimants) over a maximum of six months alongside other training. Long enough to enable the young person to develop new skills and behaviours, which ensure they become work-ready and have the confidence to take the first step in their career to secure an apprenticeship or other employment. Employers offer a structured opportunity matched to the individual’s areas of interest and aspiration, where they engage in purposeful work-related learning activities rather than simple observation.
What happens once the trainee has completed the placement?
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.
How long does the work placement need to last?
The work placement must last a minimum of 70 hours with the hours and start times to be agreed with us and the trainee prior to the start of the placement.
What is the government incentive payment?
In 2020 the government introduced an incentive payment to encourage employers to provide high-quality work placements for trainees and anyone wishing to get into work. Any placement that is completed from 1st September 2020, up to and including 31st July 2021 will be eligible for an incentive payment of £1000 that is to be paid to you providing that a work placement of a minimum of 70 hours is completed by the trainee.
How do I claim the government incentive?
We can assist you in claiming the incentive which is done by registering your details and submitting a claim through an online portal on GOV.UK (link here). If you wish to claim an incentive payment, this must be done by 21st October 2021.
How many trainee’s can I claim the incentive payment for?
There is no limit to the number of traineeship work placements that an employer can offer but the incentive payment is capped at 10 payments.