A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from six weeks up to one year (although most will last between 8-12 weeks).

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. At its core, traineeships are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a high-quality work experience placement.

Traineeships last between 8-12 weeks and include:

  • Work preparation training
  • English and Maths support (if required)
  • An 8-week work experience placement with an employer
  • In addition to these core elements, we can work with you to add additional content to meet the needs of your business


Benefits to employers

A traineeship:

  • is flexible, can be sector focused and is funded by the 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 or full time work
  • allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices

Traineeship Incentives

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Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may also receive an incentive payment of £1000 per learner, for up to 10 learners (per region).

The incentive is intended to support you to cover any additional cost of supporting the trainee in the workplace i.e. DBS checks, PPE, travel costs.

Your responsibilities

When offering a traineeship work placement, you need to provide:

  • safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience
  • 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 – we look for placement to be between 80 and 120 hrs in length
  • identify a mentor in your organisation who can support hr trainee day to day in the workplace
  • 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 Travel cost to and from work and the cost of lunch.

Designing the programme

Hawk Training will assess the needs of the trainee and identify what support the learner needs prior to starting their work placement with you.

Hawk will work with you to plan and agree:

  • the days and hours the trainee works
  • how the programme will be delivered including frequency of coach visits (online and face to face)
  • an induction plan for the trainee in the workplace
  • agree an employer-based mentor

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

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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.

Everyone benefits with Traineeships

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  • Traineeships will allow you to shape the skills and experience of young people from your local community, helping your business to develop a loyal and talented workforce, generating good PR for your business
  •  You as an employer can support the development of a high-quality traineeship programme for your company in partnership with us - ensuring it suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
  •  You can get ahead of the competition by bringing enthusiastic young people with their fresh ideas into your business before they get onto the job ladder
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  • Traineeships give employers the advantage of an extended opportunity to find out what the young person is capable of and whether they are the right fit for a job or apprenticeship to fill a skills gap in the department / organisation.

  • 79% of Traineeship learners progressed into employment within 6 months of finishing their programme.

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  • Working with Trainees will give established members of staff the chance to develop their skills in mentoring and coaching, helping to nurture your managers of the future

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  • Develop new skills that will support you in getting a job and building a career

  • Above all you will have gained valuable experience and skills needed within the working environment giving you increased confidence in your ability

  • Improving your English and maths skills will boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long-term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime

Book a free consultation

Meet our dedicated team to:

  • Discuss the process of building a programme that suits your business needs and represents your business' identity
  • Review your training strategy and development plans
  • The opportunities that traineeships can bring to your business
  • Setting up an traineeship role and recruiting to your vacancy
  • How staff can undertake training through trainees