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Traineeship Scheme For Employers

Employing Staff On The Traineeship Scheme

Traineeships are a great option for young people aged between 16 and 24 (or under 25 for individuals with an education and health care plan), who don’t have the skills or experience to take on a job or apprenticeship. Traineeships act as a skills development programme where individuals complete an unpaid work placement alongside a training course. They can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most last up to 6 months) and are designed to help prepare young people for work.

Offering a work experience placement gives employers the chance to:

  • get to know and work with young people to see if they’re right for an apprenticeship or job
  • design a programme that suits the needs of the trainee and their business
  • develop current employees’ experience in training and mentoring
  • recruit new talent for their business
  • claim an employer incentive of £1,000 when a work experience placement of over 70 hours has been completed

Funding For Employing Staff On The Traineeship Scheme

Traineeships are funded by the government and are free to the employer. Some employers may choose to support their trainees with transport and meals.

Employers who create a new work placement opportunity may be eligible for an incentive payment for £1,000 per learner. They can claim this incentive for up to 10 learners per region. Employers can decide how to use the money.