What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a government-funded work-experience placement of at least 100 hours for up to six months for unemployed people aged 16 – 24. If at the end of their programme, an employer decides to offer a trainee an apprenticeship, they could be eligible for an apprenticeship grant for employers of up to £1,500 (terms and conditions apply).

Traineeships are delivered by UKTD and funded by the government, with employers providing work experience and a formal job interview as part of the programme. UKTD can add additional content to meet the needs of the employer, learner and local labour market.

All training costs are met by government funding. You do not need to pay trainees but it is good practice to offer expenses for transport and meals.

What are the benefits to employers?

Traineeships have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Traineeships benefit businesses in the following ways:

  • An employer can design a high quality traineeship within their company, in partnership with UKTD, to suit both the needs of their business and the needs of the trainee.
  • Employers can get ahead of the competition by bringing enthusiastic young people with fresh ideas into their business, before losing them to the job market.
  • Traineeships allow you to shape the skills and experience of young people from your local community, helping your business to develop a loyal and talented workforce.
  • Working with trainees will give staff members the chance to develop their own skills in mentoring and coaching young people.

A traineeship can be a good start for an apprenticeship.

Are you an employer? Do you want to have a trainee?

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