Traineeship information for training providers

What training providers can expect from delivering traineeships and how to set one up.


A traineeship is a course that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 6 months.

Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan - get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

Who can apply

A traineeship is for young people who are:

  • eligible to work in England
  • have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • aged 16 to 24 - or 25 with an EHC plan - and qualified below level 3

If the applicant isn’t suitable for a traineeship:

Your responsibilities

When offering a traineeship you need to:

  • organise the traineeship
  • organise with an employer a minimum of 100 hours of work experience - but no more than 240 hours of work experience for benefit claimants
  • provide work preparation training based on trainee and employer needs
  • provide English and maths support if needed
  • encourage young people to participate
  • include optional technical and professional qualifications to help the learner move into work

Get support

Get support to deliver work experience for people with learning difficulties or disabilities from:

Trainees may be eligible for financial support including:

  • travel costs
  • childcare costs
  • disability support
  • from their Jobcentre if they are receiving welfare benefits


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Published 19 October 2017