Traineeships for Employers

Employer-led traineeships bespoke to your business needs, plus details on the £1,000 Government incentive.

Shape your future workforce with a traineeship programme

Our employer-led traineeships are individual programmes designed to meet the needs of your business whilst providing young people with key skills and knowledge to start, and progress, in their careers.

All traineeship costs are met by the Government.

Are you 16-24 and looking to start a traineeship? Please visit our learner traineeship page to find out more.

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About Traineeships

Traineeships are government-funded courses that include a work placement for young people aged 16-24.

The course is short, flexible and tailored to your business requirements. Through a needs-analysis, we provide a personalised programme for you and the trainee.

Traineeships are suitable for any industry.

You will need to commit to providing a high-quality work experience placement for the trainee.

  • The work placement needs to be at least 100hrs (usually 6-10 weeks).
  • The placement needs to be substantial and meaningful, providing a real workplace experience.
  • You will need to provide constructive feedback and advice to the trainee.

It may be beneficial to assign the trainee a mentor to support, encourage and provide constructive feedback whilst simultaneously developing staff management skills.

You are not required to provide a job at the end of the traineeship. However, you will need to provide:

  • An interview for a position within your business if one is available.
  • An interview for an apprenticeship within your business if one is available.
  • An exit interview with meaningful written feedback to help them secure a future.
  • Apprenticeship or other employment.
  • A reference.

If you decide to progress your 16-18 year old trainee into an Apprenticeship until the 31 March 2021 you will receive up to £2,000 of Government incentives, in addition to the existing grant of £1,000. Find out more about apprenticeships.

As an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ national training provider, we are committed to providing a personalised, quality service for both employers and trainees.

  • We will initially assess your trainee’s current skillset and career aspirations.
  • We will work with you to develop a bespoke programme based on assessment outcomes and your business requirements.
  • We will plan the start date, the hours they will work and how the program is delivered.
  • We deliver English and maths if required.
  • The training delivered by us will enable the trainee to gain a Level 1 qualification in both works skills and the sector they are working in.
  • We provide a training allowance equivalent to that of an apprenticeship wage and support with travel costs.

Cut recruitment costs – we provide you with an interview process for work experience placements, helping to match young people with the skills that your business needs!

Before commencement of the traineeship, we will undertake a short pre-placement check with you.

Our traineeships are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and 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.

They are designed to support businesses fill a skills gap whilst reducing youth unemployment rates and providing young people with key skills, experience, knowledge and education that employers are looking for.

On 27 January Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan announced employers can now apply for a £1,000 cash boost to help them take on new trainees until 31 July 2022, to support businesses in providing high-quality work placements for young people.

Apply for the cash boost.

If you progress your trainee into an Apprenticeship until the 30 September 2021 you will receive up to £4,000 of Government incentives, in addition to the Traineeship incentive of £1,000, totalling £5,000 for one employee to reinvest back into your business.

Find out more about the incentive payments and how they can benefit your business.

  1. Contact us on 01245 254 875 or to discuss the role you’re looking to fill.
  2. We’ll help you choose a trainee that matches what your looking for.
  3. As part of our service we provide a trainee recruitment service, which includes screening applicants to ensure they’re the right fit for your business. You then interview and select your trainee.

The Benefits of Traineeships

  • Traineeships costs are met by the government, and we also provide a training allowance and support with travel costs.
  • Flexible, bespoke programmes that are designed to meet your needs and that of the trainee.
  • Short duration, short commitment.
  • An excellent way of recruiting new staff to progress into apprenticeships or current/future vacancies.
  • Opportunity to fill a skills gap or get vital support at your busiest times.
  • Current employees build skills in mentoring, training and management.
  • Boost loyalty and morale resulting in reduced staff turnover.
  • Build a socially responsible business by providing opportunities in your local community and reducing regional unemployment.
  • Create a learning culture to build knowledge, competence and skills in your current workforce and see current employees build skills in mentoring, training and management.

Traineeships are suitable for any sector, from hair and beauty to construction to IT. Contact us to find out more.


more young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in Nov 20-Jan 21 (an increase of 11% from Jan-Mar 2020)

Source: House of Commons Library


 traineeship starts  in 2018/2019

Source: Department for Education

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