Traineeships: training organisations

Information for training organisations and colleges to determine whether young people might be suitable candidates for a traineeship.



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A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16 to 24 (up to an academic age of 25 for those with learning difficulty assessments) who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience are most likely be good candidates for a traineeship.

A traineeship can last up to a maximum of 6 months and will include:

  • work preparation training provided by the training organisation
  • English and maths support if required, provided by the training organisation
  • a work experience placement with an employer

At the end of their traineeship, each young person will be guaranteed a job interview if a role becomes available, or the company providing the work experience placement will provide an exit interview together with meaningful written feedback to help them secure an apprenticeship or other employment with another employer.

Traineeship recent changes

Some unemployment benefit changes have been made to specifically support claimants to retain their unemployment benefits while taking part in a traineeship. These, along with all policy change updates, are outlined in Traineeships: Framework for Delivery 2014 to 2015, Annex A.

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