Traineeships What You Need To Know

Government pledges 30,000 new traineeships for under 25s.

The government has pledged to support young people with a guarantee of meaningful work experience and we know we need your support to provide this. As such, the government have announced that to support you in providing this vital work experience they have said they will support you by offering an incentive* of £1,000 for each place you offer as a way of acknowledging the training and mentoring you will provide.

A traineeship is a course that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 6 months. Traineeships 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.

Benefits to you

A traineeship:

  • is short and funded by government
  • gives 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 the trainee
  • can help you increase capacity and productivity
  • can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • allows you to help tackle youth unemployment
  • is a route into an apprenticeship

Your responsibilities

When offering a traineeship work placement you need to provide:

  • meaningful, high-quality work experience
  • Health and Safety assessment with our advisors.
  • a minimum of 100 hours of work experience - but no more than 240 hours for benefit claimants - over a maximum of six months
  • constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or 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

The traineeship is free to your business but you may support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals.

Designing the programme

Blackburn College will assess the needs of the trainee, and we undertake some pre-employment training before starting work experience with you, which may be specific to your sector, or general training to get them work ready.

Together we will then plan and agree:

  • the days the trainee works
  • how the programme will be delivered

Traineeships are flexible. You can adjust the programme as you go to make sure you and the trainee get the most out of it.

After the programme

You should:

  • offer the trainee an interview at the end of the programme if a job or an apprenticeship is available in your business
  • provide an exit interview with meaningful written feedback if no job or apprenticeship is available

*This incentive is subject to terms and conditions awaiting further details

To get in contact with us please give us a call on (01254) 292500 or email us on

Traineeship Employer Guide