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What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work experience placement. They help provide young people aged 16 to 18 or up to 25 with an education, health and care (EHC) plan, as well as preparing them for employment or an apprenticeship. Traineeships must include at least 70 hours of work experience placement. They can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, but most last less than 6 months

Benefits to Employers

Offering a work experience placement gives employers the chance to:

  • Get to know and work with a young person to see if they’re right for an apprenticeship or job in their business
  • Design a programme that suits the needs of the trainee and their business
  • Develop current employees’ experience in training and mentoring
  • Recruit new talent for their business

Springboard can also help with recruiting a Trainee, taking the stress and work out of the hiring process. We currently work with many businesses across the region to help them recruit and develop young people, or to help them upskill existing staff.

First, Springboard will come to your organisation to learn more about your business, and find out how a Traineeship can help you. Your vacancy will then be advertised using our own website, an external recruitment platform, they are also promoted via social media posts on our channels boasting a unique audience.

Applicants are pre-screened, assessed and interviewed and any suitable candidate details are sent to the potential employer. Springboard would usually arrange the interviews, work trials, second interviews and any other employment process, and we will then provide feedback to the candidates. Springboard are able to facilitate anything you wish to make the hiring process smooth and effective.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers must provide:

  • A safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience placement
  • A minimum of 70 hours of work experience placement over the duration of the traineeship (if the trainee claims benefits, the placement cannot last longer than 240 hours)
  • Constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job in their organisation at the end of the traineeship if one is available, or an exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available

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Get in touch


If you think this would help your business to grow and you would like to support our young people, please get in touch!

Nikkee Smith

Business Development Team Leader