What is Traineeship?
Traineeship programme is targeted at 16 – 23 year old individuals who are not in employment. Young people up to the age of 25 with learning difficulties in academic assessments can also complete a Traineeship.
The learning and training is relevant for young people who may not be quite ready for permanent employment or an Apprenticeship.
Traineeship programme is suitable for those who are:
- unemployed and have little or no work experience
- motivated to work
- aged 16 – 18 and qualified below level 3, or 19 – 23 and have not yet achieved a level 2 (people who are aged up to 25 who have a learning difficulty academic assessment are also eligible)
- may be ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of engaging with a Traineeship programme.
Structure of the programme
Traineeship programme is made up of:
- work preparation training, such as CV writing, developing a personal statement and job searching
- A flexible element – a course of your choice such as: Customer Service, Business Administration, Retail, IT Users or any other areas of your choice
- English and maths support (unless the young person has already achieved a GCSE A* – C in those subjects or a functional skills qualification at level 2
- a quality work experience placement with an employer, lasting from six weeks to five months.
What are the benefits of having a traineeship learner?
Traineeship programme is flexible and by working closely with training providers you can tailor it to meet the needs of your business. You decide how the programme is delivered which will help you to find the right people with the right values and behaviours to work in your organisation.
Traineeship programme also provides:
- a stepping stone for young people before being employed in a permanent role or before starting an Apprenticeship. They help young people become ‘work-ready’
- the freedom to shape the skills and experience of young people from your local community, helping you to develop a loyal and skilled workforce individual and the sector
- opportunity to develop the leadership and mentoring skills of your existing staff working with trainees, and gaining fresh ideas from enthusiastic young people.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the
opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.
How does it work?
Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training, however, they may need more than this if, for example, they need training in English and maths. It is up to the employer and training provider to decide how the off-the-job training is delivered. It may include regular day release, block release and special training days or workshops. It must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work as long as it is not part of their normal working duties. It can cover practical training such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attending competitions.
On-the-job training helps an apprentice develop the specific skills for the workplace and they should be supported by a mentor.
Once an apprentice completes their apprenticeship they should be able to demonstrate that they can perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by the industry.
Who are the Apprenticeship for?
Individuals over the age of 16, spending at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of their apprenticeship and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.
Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees.
Apprenticeships equip individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviour they need for specific job roles, future employment and progression.
Benefits of hiring apprentices?
Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.
Other benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:
- increasing employee satisfaction
- reducing staff turnover
- reducing recruitment costs