What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is an education and training programme for young people aged 16 to 24 that at its heart, includes high-quality work experience, work preparation training and the provision of English and maths support. This combination of time in the classroom and time in the real workplace gives young people that ‘work ready’ confidence, skills and experience that employers are looking for. Successful completion by the young person typically results in either an apprenticeship or other sustainable employment. In2work works closely with your business to understand the work experience opportunities you can offer, setting the young person on the right road to fulfilling employment.

What are the benefits of offering Traineeships?

Traineeships have been developed to provide a stepping-stone to young people who may not have the correct skills to get started in the workplace. Your business will be able to experience local young talent, with no recruitment costs or initial salary costs. These young people could become an integral part of your future workforce. The Traineeship programme can be made bespoke to your organisation, making it an important and cost-effective part of your ongoing recruitment process.

  • Your business will be directly helping the local region and economy by developing a loyal and talented workforce.
  • Improve your organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility by helping to reduce youth unemployment by offering work experience to local young people who are not currently in employment and have little previous work experience.
  • There may be positive PR and marketing opportunities associated with a successful Traineeship programme.
  • The length of commitment is short, between 6 weeks and 6 months.
  • All training costs are covered by government funding and in2work takes care of advertising your Traineeship opportunities.

What will my business need to provide?

Between 100 and 240 hours of high-quality work experience over a maximum of 6 months.

Individuals must be able to engage in well-structured real work activities with purpose, providing opportunities to develop new skills and become work ready.

Your business will need to provide a work environment which is healthy, safe and supportive, exactly as you would expect for all employees.

How much does it cost?

Traineeships are fully funded by the government, meaning employers are not required to pay the young person taking part and taking part in a Traineeship does not impact their benefit entitlements. However, providing support for travel and lunch costs is encouraged.

What happens at the end of the Traineeship?

Your business may give the young person an interview for a position in your company. If there are no apprenticeships or job positions available at the end of their Traineeship, then your company will be asked to provide an exit interview for the young person, together with meaningful written feedback, to help them secure an apprenticeship or job position elsewhere. Employers are not required to provide a job for the young person at the end of their Traineeship.

If at any point you wish to employ the young person, or offer them an apprenticeship, then we will facilitate this at no cost to the employer.

How flexible are Traineeships?

Traineeships are very flexible and you, the employer, are in control at all times. Firstly, in2work will assess the young person and identify their interests and plans for the future. This allows us to match your work placement offer with suitable candidates. We will then agree with you their days of work and start and finish times. At all times the In2work team is fully accessible to you and there is regular communication to check on progress and make sure both you and the candidate are having a positive experience.

If at any point it becomes obvious that the work placement opportunity is not working out we will take responsibility and immediately address the situation. If at any point you wish to employ the young person, or offer them an apprenticeship, then we will facilitate this at no cost to the employer.