What is a traineeship?
A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers need.
Traineeships last anything up to a maximum of six months depending on the needs of the individual and include:
- A meaningful, high quality, work experience placement of at least 100 hours with an employer, to provide real insight and experience into the world of work.
- Work preparation training which can include, interview preparation, interpersonal skills and local business and sector information.
- English and maths support to improve young people’s literacy and numeracy skills if required.
In addition to these basic elements, you can add flexible additional content to meet the needs of your business. All training costs are met by government funding.
It works both ways
Apprenticeship Grant for Employers
Developed in response to business needs, traineeships can help employers build the workforce required for business success.
Latest Government information and guidance on traineeships here
- According to UKCES, just 24% of employers recruited young people directly from education in the past 2–3 years.
- Traineeships give employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high quality new recruits for their sector.
- More than half of employers are aware of weaknesses in the core skills of at least some of their employees in literacy (55%) and numeracy (51%), with a third (35%) reporting that they have had to provide remedial training for young people joining them from school or college.
- Mid-sized employers (25–199 staff) have reported an increase in skill shortage vacancies since 2009.