Traineeships: Employer Factsheet

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’.

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 by allowing you to nurture the next generation of employees and develop a loyal, talented workforce.

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 eight 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.

Is it a rigid training programme?

No, Traineeships are very flexible and tailored to the needs of the business and the individual. Bridgwater & Taunton College can help you design a programme which helps you build a pool of high quality future recruits.

How long do Traineeships last?

Traineeships last anything from six weeks to a maximum of six months, dependant on your organisational needs.

Are Traineeships open to all ages?

Traineeships are only available to people aged 16 – 24 inclusive at the start of the programme.

Are there any financial costs to offering Traineeships?
All training costs are met by Government funding.

Do I have to pay an individual on a Traineeship?

Employers are not required to pay the young person taking part in the Traineeship but are encouraged to support expenses such as transport and meals.

Are Traineeships only for unemployed young people?

As well as those who do not have a job, young people who are employed can take part in a Traineeship if they work no more than 16 hours a week and earn:

  • Less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage each week; or
  • Less than £330 a month.

For the purposes of eligibility for full funding for a Traineeship, learners who are receiving Universal Credit, and are in the Work Preparation Group or the Work Focused Interview Group, are considered to be ‘unemployed’ if they are earning less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage each week, or less than £330 a month.

What happens at the end of a Traineeship?

Once a young person has finished their Traineeship with your company, you will need to ideally give them an interview for a position within your business if one is available. If no Apprenticeship or job exists within your business at the end of their Traineeship, you will need to 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?

Bridgwater & Taunton College can help you design a Traineeship programme that suits the needs of your business. If you don’t already have a prospective trainee, Bridgwater & Taunton College can also support you in advertising your Traineeship and finding a suitable candidate for your business. Please get in contact if you would like to discuss Traineeships in more detail.

Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.