Discover more about how Traineeships can help your business. 
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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 Maths qualifications, work preparation training and a high quality work experience placement giving 16 to 24 year old the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or other job in the future.  

Who are they for? 

Traineeships are aimed at those who are motivated to work but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. 
Those who may be eligible for a Traineeships must be: 
Motivated to work. 
Unemployed, or work less than 16 hours per week and have little work experience. 
Aged between 16-24 and qualified below Level 3. 


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 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. 

Key Facts 

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 nurture the next generation helping your business to develop a loyal, talented workforce. 
Your current employees will have the opportunity 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 £1,500. 

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. 

Business Development Team 

For more information on Traineeships or to recruit a trainee, please contact the Business Development Team on; 
01329 825805 
Westfield House 
PO16 0DH 
01329 825805 
For Learners / Apprentices - 
Opening hours 
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm 


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