Traineeships – A Guide for Employers

What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. Typically, it will last for under six months, but can last from between six weeks up to one year.

Traineeships are designed to help 16 – 24 year olds (or 25 year olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)) get ready for an apprenticeship, or job, if they don’t have the required skills or experience.

Benefits to employers

As well as an incentive payment of up to £1,000 per student, for up to 10 students; a traineeship:

  • Is flexible and fully funded by the Government
  • Provides your existing employees with the opportunity to train or mentor a young person
  • Is customisable to the needs of both your business and the trainee
  • Helps you boost capacity and productivity
  • Aids the development of a talented and loyal workforce
  • Gives back to your local community by tackling youth unemployment
  • Is an opportunity to get to know young people before recruiting apprentices

Employer responsibilities

A traineeship should provide safe, meaningful and high quality work placements of between 70 and 240 hours, as agreed with RNN Group.

You should also:

  • Identify a member of staff to act as a mentor for the trainee
  • Provide constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
  • Offer an interview for an apprenticeship or job in your business if one is available
  • Complete an exit interview with meaningful written feedback if no job or apprenticeship is available, this should be supported by a reference

You are under no obligation to pay your trainee, but are encouraged to support their expenses such as travel or meals

Working with RNN Group

When you work with us we will start with an assessment of the needs of the trainee and work with you to create a meaningful placement. Our traineeships are flexible and can be customised and amended to meet the needs of both your business and the trainee.

We will work with you to agree:

  • The days that the trainee works
  • How the programme will be delivered – we offer three different options:
    • Training on Maths and English only*
    • Training on Maths and English and Employability Training*
    • Training on Maths and English and a Vocational Qualification*

*Maths and English are required by the student if they don’t hold A* – C (9-4) GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications.

Get in touch

If you’d like to learn more about traineeships please get in touch:


For South Yorkshire 01709 513147
For North Nottinghamshire 01909 504777