Traineeships: employers

Information for employers considering offering traineeships to young people, including the benefits of traineeships for your business.


Traineeship referral sheet: employers

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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 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 high-quality work experience placement with an employer

In addition to these basic elements, you and the training provider can add flexible additional content to meet the needs of your business and the local labour market.

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

If you are interested in finding out more about employing trainees or offering traineeships and the benefits they can bring to a business please contact the National Apprenticeship Service.

For more information, please refer to the employer guide to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Published 21 February 2014
Last updated 19 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated factsheet for employers.
  2. Updated fact sheet.
  3. Updated traineeship referral sheet: employers.
  4. Updated traineeships referral sheet for employers.
  5. Updated text on page and added 'Employer Guide to Traineeships'.
  6. First published.