Presented by
Stuart Parkes
17th June 2014
Who are Traineeships for?
The core target group for Traineeships is young people who:
are not currently in a job and have little work
experience, but who are focused on work or the prospect of
are 16-19 and qualified below Level 3 or 19-24 and
have not yet achieved a full Level 2; and
providers and employers believe have a reasonable
chance of being ready for employment or an Apprenticeship
within six months of engaging in a Traineeship.
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Traineeships are not intended for:
• the most disengaged young people, who require very
intensive support;
• those who already have the qualifications, skills and
experience needed to start an Apprenticeship or find work; or
those already in a job.
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What is a Traineeship?
Traineeships last anything up to a maximum of six months depending on the
needs of the individual and include:
A meaningful, high quality, work placement with an expectation of
between 100 to 240hrs with an employer, to provide real insight and
experience of the world of work.
Work preparation training, which can include CV writing, interview
preparation, interpersonal skills and local business and sector
Maths and English support from the training provider to improve
young people’s literacy and numeracy skills if required.
In addition to these basic elements, flexible elements can be added to suit the
needs of employers and learners.
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Changes for 14/15
Age range – announced in the Skills Funding Statement
plans to extend funding eligibility to include 24-year olds
from 2014/15, making Traineeships available to young
people aged 16-24 inclusive.
Identifying the lead employer – introduced flexibility to
enable providers to identify the employer providing the work
experience placement up to four weeks after the
Traineeship has started
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Changes for 14/15
Duration and intensity – We have removed the six weeks minimum and five
months maximum duration for work experience and in 2014/15 will expect work
placements to last between 100-240 hours.
16-hour rule – in March 2014, DWP removed the 16-hour rule which restricted the
number of hours young people on Jobseekers Allowance could undertake the
training elements that form part of their Traineeship
8-weeks consecutive work experience – DWP have agreed to a more flexible
model of delivery for benefit claimants undertaking Traineeships, giving providers
and employers greater flexibility to design programmes which enable work
experience to take place alongside the other training elements of the Traineeship.
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Changes for 14/15
For benefit claimants from 2014/15 the work experience
element can be up to 240 hours (or extended if the offer of
an Apprenticeship place is accepted) at a maximum of 30
hours a week, and can be done over the duration of the
Traineeship if necessary.
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Employers - The ask
We want employers to offer real work experience to 16 -24 year old
young people in their business for a period up to 6 months.
Expectation is that work placements will last between 100-240 hours.
Longer placements may be necessary to prepare young people for
Ideally, if the employer is impressed with the young person, we want the
employer to subsequently employ the young person as an
apprentice. However there is no obligation for the employer to do this.
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• The work experience must be 6 months long – No, it can
be as short as100 hrs
• The employer must pay the Trainee – No, the employer
may want to offer the young person travel or subsistence
support, but Traineeships are for unemployed young people.
• Exploitation of young people – No, employers are offering
young people the opportunity to learn in a real work
environment and the chance to impress an employer with
their enthusiasm and ability to learn.
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“Traineeships are an essential component of our
recruitment strategy. They enable us and the individual
to see if they are right for employment in this sector. The
work experience and training will increase the young
person’s employability and underpins the recruitment of
fresh talent for the Port. Our ultimate aim is to offer
suitable trainees an Apprenticeship or other job at Port of
Alan Appleyard,
Head of Academy,
The Port of Tilbury London Limited
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What are the business benefits?
It works both ways
Developed with employers, a flexible
approach means Traineeships are
tailored to the needs of the business
and the individual.
New Breed
Nurture the next generation from your
local community, ensuring a loyal,
talented workforce.
Advantage you
Get access to enthusiastic young
people with fresh ideas to give you an
edge on the competition.
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Help is at hand
Your training provider will help recruit
your trainee using the Apprenticeship
vacancies service.
Just the job
Your current employees will have the
opportunity to build their mentoring
and coaching skills.
Work Smart
All training costs are met by
government funding.
AGE Grant
You could be eligible for a Grant of
£1500 for taking on a trainee.
How do I get started with Traineeships?
Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success.
Visit or call 08000 150 600 to find
out how Traineeships can help you get ready for work.
Updated Framework for Delivery
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