Traineeships Benefits to employers: (1) Get to know and work with a young person to see if they’re right for an apprenticeship/
Job (2) Design a programme that suits the needs of the trainee and your business (3) Recruit new talent for their business (4) All training costs are met by government funding (5) Nurture the next generation to ensure a talented, loyal workforce. (6) Develop current employees’ experience in training and mentoring.

As part of the Government’s commitment to provide a comprehensive and clear skills offer for employers and individuals, Traineeships will be integrated into 16-19 study programme and adult education provision from 1 August 2023 – Skills Update Statement (12/12/2022)

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.

To run a traineeship programme you would need to offer a work experience placement to a trainee and work with a training provider to design the programme.

How the programme works

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.

Employer responsibilities

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


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