Traineeships – A Guide for Employers

Offering young people a way of gaining the necessary skills and experience to gain employment and progress in their career. Traineeships are a work experience programme where young people who have little or no job place experience can work with an employer for six weeks to six months.

What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people, aged 16 to 24, and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

At its core are a high-quality work experience placement, work preparation training, and English and maths if needed, giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or other job in the future.

Training & Real Work Experience

At Pathway, our traineeship programmes last a duration of between eight and ten weeks, with trainees spending at least 50% of this time spent at our Training Centre located at our Head Office in Birmingham.  The remainder of the traineeship will be spent at an organisations workplace, continuing building on the skills and attributes gained at the centre.

Progression Routes

Once the traineeship programme is complete, trainees are expected to progress in their chosen career path by the way of completing an apprenticeship or being offered a role at the traineeship organisation.  If neither of these is possible then the trainee should be given a formal exit interview with structured feedback.

Traineeship Funding

The costs of a traineeship are fully covered by the government so the only investment required from an organisation is for the development and training of the individual trainee.

Employer Incentives

There is a payment of £1,000.00 per trainee will be for employers in England that provide high-quality work placements for 16-24-year-olds (limited to 10 trainees per employer)

As an employer, you will be required to provide an exit interview for your trainees. Alternatively, if there is a suitable vacancy available, you can ask them to apply. The government’s Kickstart Scheme will support you for the first 6 months of employment by covering wages and National Insurance contributions (for 16-24-year-olds), which could be worth up to £6,500.00!*

Traineeships – benefits to employers

  • Short and funded by the government
  • Gives your current employees experience in training and mentoring
  • Allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
  • Can help you increase capacity and productivity
  • Can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • Allows you to help tackle youth unemployment
  • Is a route into an apprenticeship


At Pathway Group, we are continuously looking for businesses to partner with on our traineeship programme so if you are interested in becoming a key step on the ladder for a trainee, please get in touch with one of our advisors.