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Inspire a young person with the updated Traineeship scheme and receive £1000 for each young person you place.
Quality work experience placements

Taking the first steps into the world of work can often be daunting for a young person who has limited qualifications, skills and experience. A Traineeship is the ideal starting point for your business to inspire the next generation workforce to learn more about your industry.

Introduced in 2013, employers across the country have supported thousands of young people with meaningful work placements. The government has announced it will now invest a further £111 million over the next 12 months to ensure more young people have the opportunity to experience the world of work.
What is a Traineeship

A Traineeship is a mixture of work experience and work preparation to help them secure an apprenticeship or employment. It is made up from three core elements:

  • High quality work experience with an employer
  • Work experience training, provided by the employer
  • English and maths support (if required), provided by a training organisation
Why has the scheme been updated?

With a lack of work experience, skills and qualifications, young people are particularly affected by the impact of mass unemployment. The aim of the enhanced Traineeship scheme is to:

  • Provide young people with a taste of what it is like to work in a particular industry
  • Develop a young persons’ maths, English and employability skills
  • Enhance their confidence and help them make decisions about their future
Who is the scheme for?

The scheme is for young people across Great Britain:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Hold level 3 qualification or below (e.g. A Level or below)
  • With an education, heath care (EHC) plan
What type of business can get involved?

The scheme is available to any business based in Great Britain.

What are the benefits to my business?

Just some of the benefits to your business include:

  • Flexibility - it can be sector focused and is funded by the government
  • Provides your current employees experience in training and mentoring
  • Allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of your trainee
  • Can help you increase capacity and productivity
  • Can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • Allow you to help tackle youth unemployment
  • Is a route into an apprenticeship
  • Allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices


Plus, if you create new work placement opportunities you may receive an incentive payment of £1000 per learner, for up to 10 learners.

Is there a minimum amount of time employers must provide the placement for?

Employers must provide a minimum of 70 hours of work experience – but no more than 240 hours for benefit claimants – over the duration of the traineeship (maximum of one year), and as agreed with the traineeship provider.

How many Trainees can we take on as an employer?

There is a limit of 10 trainees per employer which would result in a maximum payment from the government of £10,000.

What is my commitment when offering a traineeship?

When offering a traineeship, you need to provide:

  • Safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience
  • Constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
  • An interview for an apprenticeship of job in your business at the end of the traineeship if one is available
  • An exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available
Where can I receive more information?

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