What is a traineeship?
A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.
At its core are English and maths1 qualifications, work preparation training and a high quality work experience placement giving 16 to 24 year olds the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or other job in the future.
Youth unemployment is at a record level yet there is a skills shortage in the UK. It made sense for a responsible business like Jaguar Land Rover to use its success for good and we developed a programme to engage and inspire those who may feel they have no employment prospects.
Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations at Jaguar Land Rover
What are the benefits of offering traineeships?
Traineeships have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace.
Traineeships will help to tackle this problem, while benefiting your business in the following ways:
- Employers can design a high quality traineeship in partnership with a training provider – one that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee.
- Traineeships allow you to nurture the next generation helping your business to develop a loyal, talented workforce.
- Your current employees will have the opportunity to build their own mentoring and coaching skills supporting the trainee.
- All training costs are covered by government funding, including a free job site to post your traineeship opportunities.
- If you decide to offer a trainee an apprenticeship you could be eligible for an apprenticeship grant for employers of £1,5001.
What will my business need to provide?
Your company will need to commit to providing a high quality work experience placement for the trainee. The work placement needs to be for at least 100 hours over a maximum of six months and should be long enough to enable the trainee to develop new skills and behaviours. If the trainee is in receipt of unemployment benefits the work placement will not exceed 8 weeks.
The placement needs to be substantial and meaningful, providing a real workplace experience. You should 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 observation.
There are some excellent resources available with information on what makes good quality work experience:
- Work experience quality charter - CIPD
- 16 to 19 work experience – Department for Education
- Guidance for employers offering work experience – UK Commission for Employer and Skills (UKCES)
Is it a rigid training programme?
No, traineeships are very flexible and tailored to the needs of the business and the individual. By working closely with your training provider you can design a programme which helps you build a pool of high quality future recruits.
The provider will assess the needs of the trainee. Depending on the individual they will start the pre-employment elements including local business and sector information.
The work experience placement is core to the traineeship however it does not have to start on day one of a learner’s traineeship, but at the most appropriate time. You and the training provider will:
- jointly plan when the trainee should start
- agree the days they are with you for work experience
- decide how the programme is delivered.
The process can be changed and adapted during the traineeship so that both you and your trainee get the best out of the programme.
Are there any financial costs to offering traineeships?
All 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.
What happens at the end of the traineeship?
Once the young person has finished their traineeship with your company, you will need to give them:
- Ideally, an interview for a position within your business if one is available.
- 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 an apprenticeship or other employment with another employer.
How do I get started with traineeships?
The National Apprenticeship Service will be able to support you throughout the process and identify an approved local training provider.
You are able to advertise your traineeship opportunities for free and find trainees who match your criteria, on the apprenticeship vacancy job site on GOV.UK.
Alternatively you can contact your local training provider to offer a traineeship in partnership with them. Only providers with an ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ Ofsted rating are eligible to offer traineeships.
A full list of eligible providers is available on the Skills Funding Agency website.
Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.
Search traineeships on GOV.UK or call our freephone number 08000 150 600
1 All young people undertaking a traineeship will be required to study English and maths, unless they have achieved a GCSE A* - C in those subjects or,
for those aged 19-24, a GCSE A*- C in those subjects or a functional skills qualification at Level 2. A full Level 2 qualification is equivalent to 5 GCSEs
at Grades A*-C and a full Level 3 qualification is equivalent to 2 or more ‘A’ level passes.
Eligible learners are those who are age 16 to 24 as of 31 August in the funding year and not had their 25th birthday at the start of the traineeship
For information on the AGE Grant of £1,500 visit: apprenticeships.org.uk