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‘Plan for Jobs’ Skills & Employment Programmes

‘Plan for Jobs’ skills and employment programmes

A range of government programmes, some of which offer financial incentives, are available for employers who are considering hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff.

This information is to help employers understand the programmes available so they can decide which would be best suited to their business.


Apprenticeships are jobs which combine practical on-the-job skills training with sustained off-the-job learning, available from entry level to master’s degree-equivalent. Your employee will get training in the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are relevant to their job and you will need to pay them a salary.

Apprentices spend 80% of their time in the workplace and at least 20% undertaking off-the-job training in a setting that suits the needs of your business – this could be a college, a training provider or at an Institute of Technology (IoT). Training can also be delivered in your place of business.

If your business in England is looking to:

  • offer someone a skilled job with formal training for at least 12 months
  • create a new job for someone looking to retrain or upskill, or who has recently been made redundant
  • benefit from a recognised, respected programme delivering opportunities nationally and across all industry sectors
  • develop the talent pool in your business and develop a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce who can build their careers through apprenticeship progression

Then apprenticeships might be right for your business.


A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. The full programme can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.
Your business needs to be able to offer at least 70 hours of a safe, meaningful, and high-quality work experience.

The trainee will gain English, maths, digital and work-related qualifications which can lead them on to an apprenticeship, work, further education or a Kickstart placement.

If your business in England is looking to:

  • prepare a young person age 16-24 (25 with an EHCP) for specific apprenticeship or employment roles in your business
  • get to know and work with a young person to see if they’re right for an apprenticeship or job in your business
  • give your current employees direct experience in training and mentoring
  • find more flexible ways to offer a work placement

Then a traineeship might be right for your business.


The Kickstart Scheme offers six-month jobs for young people aged 16 to 24 years old who are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Not only will you have a young person working for you, funded by the Government, you will also be supporting them to develop transferable skills that are aimed at increasing their chances of sustained employment.

If your business is looking to:

  • help young people at risk of long-term unemployment
  • offer 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placements to help them gain valuable work experience
  • test out whether someone’s right for a permanent job or an apprenticeship with you

Then a Kickstart Scheme placement might be right for your business.

T Levels

T Levels are a new, 2-year qualification for 16 to 19 year olds. Designed with employers, each T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels and helps young people develop the knowledge, attitude and practical skills to thrive in the workplace.

At the heart of each course is a 45-day industry placement, that will give you early access to the brightest talent entering your market.

If your business in England is looking to:

  • find some extra help with projects or a key piece of work
  • build a pipeline of talent for junior positions or apprenticeships
  • offer a young person a short placement to gain work experience
  • have early sight of new talent coming into your industry

Then T Level placements might be right for your business