Traineeships are an integrated education and training programme with real work experience, focusing on giving young people the specific skills that they will need and that you will be looking for in your future employees.
What is a Traineeship?
Traineeships are an integrated education and training programme with real work experience, focusing on giving young people the specific skills that they will need and that you will be looking for in your future employees. The programme gives you an opportunity to create a talent pool of high-quality recruits that you can nurture, develop and progress onto an apprenticeship.
The traineeship programme is also an opportunity for young people to experience your industry sector and working environment, ensuring that they understand what skills are needed to progress onto an Apprenticeship and/or sustainable job, whether that is with your business or another employer.
They can last up to a maximum of six months and are made up of three main components. As your training provider, B-Skill will be responsible for:
• Component 1) Work-Preparation Training
• Component 2) English and Maths Support (if required)
The final component is where you provide the learner with practical experience within the sector:
• Component 3) High-Quality Work Experience Placement with an Employer
At the end of their Traineeship, each young person will be guaranteed a job interview, should a role become available in your company. By this time, they should understand and begin to demonstrate the relevant skills that you will be looking for in your next candidate.
Alternatively, an exit interview will be arranged to give the learner constructive written feedback to help them secure an Apprenticeship or alternative employment.
How is a Traineeship funded?
Traineeships are divided into two age groups:
The Education & Skills Funding Agency funds the following:
- 19-24 traineeships
- 16-18 traineeships where providers do not have a funding agreement in place with the Education & Skills Funding Agency but deliver to 16-18 Apprenticeships through the agency
What’s the difference?
Traineeships for this age group form part of a study programme and funding is based on the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s funding method.
Learners will normally be funded on a part-time programme, based on the planned hours entered on the appropriate funding rate band.
This age group of traineeships are part of the Adult Education Budget.
There are three aspects:
- Single Work-Placement and Work-Preparation Rate
The funding is based on the cost of work placements (involving employers, establishing placements, monitor and mentor visits, supporting exit interviews) and typical delivery of work placement and work preparation aims .
The funding rate for the following aspects is set through the Funding Matrix:
- GCSE Maths and English (if required) or other qualifications to supports progress towards
- GCSE Maths and English at Grace C and above Flexible Element – Designed to help the learner move into work or remove any barriers that may be preventing them entering into work.
As the Employer…
You are not required to pay trainees, however we encourage all employers to consider covering appropriate expenses to help the trainees through their learning (e.g. travel costs, lunches).
Trainees are taking this step to gain the relevant skills that they will need to progress in their career. We believe that it is important for employers to use Traineeships as a work experience route to recruit an Apprentice, and encourage you to check that you have the capacity to offer this pathway of progression before taking on a trainee.