What makes a traineeship different from other study programmes is the partnership with employers as the main component of a programme is a good quality work placement. This element is crucial as it gives the young person the opportunity to learn in a real working environment and develop their skills, knowledge and confidence. It is important to note that Department for Education’s guidance clearly states that ‘Simulated activity in an artificial environment may well form a helpful part of work preparation training but will not count as work experience for the purposes of traineeships.’ It is expected that the work placement element will last between 100 and 240 hours.
Other elements can include work preparation training and English and Maths provision if required. Traineeships can last between 6 weeks and 6 months offering providers the freedom to design their programmes around the individual learner, tailoring the provision to their specific needs to give the best opportunity for engagement and progression into employment.
Most recent figures show that 50% of trainees progress onto an apprenticeship with a further 17% progressing into further learning.
How are Traineeships funded?
For 16 to 19 year olds, traineeships are funded through EFA as part of study programmes to ensure simplicity in funding and to enable young people to move between learning options. For 19 to 24 year olds, traineeships are part of the existing flexibilities within the Adult Skills Budget (SFA). Providers and learners may be able to access additional funding to support young people who have learning difficulties and/or a disability, including Access to Work funding for the work placement element.
For more information on Traineeships, read the Department for Education guidance here