Traineeships

We recently began working with a small group of employers and providers to design gold standard Traineeship packages for learners who are looking to progress into employment or an Apprenticeship in the Early Years or Health & Social Care sectors. The Traineeship working group will be providing feedback on a small number of proposed Traineeship programmes; once the content and format of these Traineeship packages is agreed they will be made available for registration, with materials created to support providers, employers and learners. Once our new Traineeships are available we will contact Centres and update this page.​

What are Traineeships?

​Traineeships are a programme of work preparation training, English and mathematics qualifications (for those who haven’t achieved A*-C at GCSE) and a high-quality work placement, lasting between six weeks and six months. Traineeship providers have the flexibility to design programmes to meet the needs of individual learners; for example the work preparation element can involve training in employability-related areas such as CV writing or interview skills, or can be a small qualification introducing the learner to the specific sector they wish to work in or study. 

We offer a range of qualifications in the Care, Health and Education sectors which equip learners with the knowledge and confidence they need to progress into further study as well as the skills that employers require when progressing into employment. These include:

  • Level 1 Award in an Introduction to Early Years Settings 
  • Level 1 Award in Caring for Children 
  • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children & Young People’s Settings
  • Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care 
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities & Rights in Health, Social Care or Children & Young People's Settings 

A full list of qualifications, including those suitable for Traineeships, can be found in the Qualifications section of the website.

Who are Traineeships for?

Traineeships are aimed at learners aged 16 to 24 (inclusive) who demonstrate the ability and desire to progress to an Apprenticeship or into employment but currently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. The Training Provider and employer must believe the learner has a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a Traineeship. Traineeships are aimed at 16-24 year olds who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, and do not hold a full level 3 qualification.

How do Traineeships help learners?

Traineeships were developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Traineeships help learners acquire these work-ready skills, while benefiting them in the following ways:

  • Work preparation training will put learners in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or other employment
  • Maths and English support to help give learners the literacy and numeracy skills needed to boost the chances of getting a job, as well as improving long term prospects and earning potential 
  • The opportunity to build a CV and get vital experience with local and national employers enables learners to learn about the business and the industry it operates in
  • Employers are at the centre of the work preparation training which ensures learners are ‘work ready’ and have the confidence to take the first step to securing a job and starting a career
  • At the end of the work experience placement the learner will have a job interview with the company if a role becomes available, or an exit interview and reference will be provided if not.

Who can offer Traineeships?

Currently Traineeships can only be delivered by lead providers who directly contract with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) or Skills Funding Agency (SFA), have achieved an Ofsted inspection grade of Outstanding or Good and are not under Notice from either funding body. Where provision is subcontracted, the subcontractor must have an Ofsted rating of Outstanding, Good or Satisfactory. Where this means that there is no eligible provider in a specific area, the Department for Education have committed to supporting efforts to ensure that Outstanding and Good provision becomes available in that area. Existing 16-18 Apprenticeship providers that don’t have an EFA contract can deliver Traineeships through their SFA contract.

From August 1st 2016 the requirement for lead providers to have achieved an Ofsted inspection grade of Outstanding or Good will be removed, allowing all providers with an EFA or SFA contract to offer Traineeships. 

The EFA and SFA have jointly published a list of providers who are eligible to offer Traineeships in 2015/16. Subcontractors should refer to the latest version of the Funding Rules for further details.​

How are Traineeships funded?

Funding for Traineeships is complex, with different arrangements in place for 16 to 18 year old and 19 to 24 year old learners. The funding rules for Traineeships for 16 to 18 year olds are based on the EFA’s funding methodology​; if you deliver to this age group you must also refer to the EFA’s Funding Guidance for Young People 2015/16 and the 16-19 Bursary Fund Guide 2015/16.Traineeship funding arrangements 19 to 24 year olds are highlighted in the Traineeship section of the latest version of the Skills Funding Agency Funding Rules​

An example Traineeship for 16-18 year olds as part of a study programme could include:

Component

Planned Hours

Funding

Work Preparation (20 weeks, 6hrs per week)

120

n/a

Work Experience (20 weeks, 8 hours per week)

160

n/a

L1 Award in Introduction to HSC & CYP Settings

90

n/a

L1 Functional Skills in English

45

n/a

L1 Functional Skills in Mathematics

45

n/a

STUDY PROGRAMME TOTAL – Band 4

460

£3300*

(* excluding Retention Factor, Area cost uplift and Disadvantage uplift)

An example Traineeship for 19-23 year olds could include:

Component

Planned Hours

Funding

Work Preparation (20 weeks, 4hrs per week)

80

£970

Work Experience (20 weeks, 12 hours per week)

240

L1 Award in Introduction to HSC & CYP Settings

90

£612

L1 Functional Skills in English

45

£724

L1 Functional Skills in Mathematics

45

£724

PROGRAMME TOTAL

500

£3030*

(* excluding Area cost uplift and Disadvantage uplift)

Learners on unemployment benefits may be restricted by the amount of Work Experience hours they can complete; training providers are advised to clarify the position with Job Centre Plus. Employers are not required to pay learners for taking part in a Traineeship, but may decide to support them with expenses such as transport and meals. Depending on individual circumstances learners may be able to access financial support from their training provider, through the 16-19 Bursary Fund or the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund. All training costs are funded by the government.

To claim 16 to 18 retention or 19 to 24 achievement funding, the learner must progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship or into further learning at level 2 or above within 6 months of completing their Traineeship. Where learners are aged 16 to 18, this further learning must be a substantial qualification at level 2 or 3 that is recognised in the performance tables.

Traineeships in Wales

Welsh Traineeships, which are available for 16 and 17 year olds only, are funded by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund. Unlike in England, trainees are paid a wage as well as additional expenses such as an allowance for travel. Those not ready for work can take part in community projects to build their confidence and competence in working with others, whilst learners with more experience can study up to Level 3 through the Steps to Employment programme. Traineeships in Wales have no fixed duration but instead stipulate the number of hours required - between 12 and 30 per week, depending on the Traineeship level. Traineeships in Wales are only available in the Childcare, Animal Welfare, Building, Business Administration, Catering, Engineering, Hairdressing and IT sectors, and are available through 16 authorised Traineeship Providers. Further information on Welsh Traineeships is available on the Welsh Government website​.

Where can I find more information?

The Framework for Delivery of Traineeships​ provides employers, education & training providers and young people with practical information about how Traineeships work and how they can get involved. The Department of Education, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Skills Funding Agency ​offer dedicated Traineeship resources and guidance on their websites, and the government’s evaluation of Traineeships​ since their inception also offers interesting information and analysis of the benefits of the programme. If you have any queries relating to Traineeships, please contact the Customer Services Team on 0345 347 2123.