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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.  The placement provides an opportunity for learners to develop skills and experience for a potential apprenticeship or permanent job.


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Benefits to employers:

A traineeship:

  • is fully funded by the government

  • gives 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


Employer responsibilities:

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

  • meaningful, high-quality work experience

  • a minimum of 70 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:

LHG Academy will work with you to assess the needs of the trainee. They may need pre-employment training before starting work experience.


We will then work with you to plan and agree:


  • the days the trainee works

  • how the programme will be delivered


After the programme


Employers 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

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