Supporting a Trainee

traineeship Information

Traineeship information for employers

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Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for your workforce to get to know potential employees before committing to employment offers.

You can support a Traineeship for a person aged 16 to 24,  they will be motivated to get a job or an Apprenticeship but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for at this level.

A Traineeship normally last between 6 weeks and 6 months

There are many reasons why you could benefit from a Traineeship. Please see Benefits of Supporting a Trainee

You don't have to pay a trainee or pay for expenses..but you can if you would like to.

We can help you to find out what you need to take your next step and shape a Traineeship for you and your business.

As the employer you should be willing and able to support work experience and the work preparation.  Other skills may be completed in the College or Training Provider.

Please see our Guide ‘Steps to Employing a Trainee

For more information, contact us.

Steps to supporting a Traineeship

1 - Contact Skill Up Apprenticeship and Skills Adviser

Contact Marie Howard 
to arrange an appointment telephone or face to face.  Marie will then take you through the following steps:

2 - Explore and find out

Explore the challenges that you face with recruitment and skills gaps within your organisation. Find out if the traineeship route is the right one for your business or if there is another skills solution needed

3 - Find Out about training provision

Marie will be able to let you know about the training provision available in the local area

4 - Funding

Marie can explain to you how the funding works

5 - Introductions

Marie can introduce you to a number of local colleges and or training providers who will then be able to talk to you in more detail about their individual delivery models and costs *these will vary between training providers

6 - advertise your vacancy

The Training Provider or College will then help you to advertise your vacancy through the Find an apprenticeship website.

7 - training plan and any initial assessments 

If an existing member of staff, the training organisation will talk both the employer and individual through the training plan and any initial assessments required.

8 - Traineeship agreement

Once you have selected your apprentice, make an apprenticeship agreement with them.  Your Training Organisation can help with this.

9 - Ongoing Support

Through out your Apprenticeship and skills journey your chosen training provider will be on hand to offer support and advice.  At any time you can always get back in contact with Marie for free impartial advice and guidance. 

benefits TRainees can bring to your business

Raise staff morale

Part of your recruitment process

Match the skills of employees to the skills you need

Improve your company image

Reduce staff turnover

Increase your diversity

working trail for potential member of staff

Costs for employers

The only cost for supporting a traineeship is

  • any equipment the trainee may need
  • supervising the trainee
  • possibly covering travel costs



All of your local training providers working together to ensure we have the highest quality training to meet then needs of our local community and employers skills needs.  

The network comprises of 42 colleges and independent training providers.  For more information on the training that the DSTPN offer or support with engaging in other training provision outside of the Network Marie or Jane will be able to support your Apprenticeship and Skills journey, whether an individual or employer

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