Insights Traineeships: Developing the Next Generation
20 August 2018

Traineeships: Developing the Next Generation

Traineeships: Employers' FAQ

Do you want to attract fresh new talent for your business? Could you offer a young person the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience? Traineeships help to develop the next generation. Our programme enables you to access pools of talented young people looking for quality work experience opportunities, helping them to find a job and their first footing on the career ladder.

Andi MacGregor, Head of Adult Education and Traineeships, answers employers' frequently asked questions.

What exactly is a traineeship?

"A traineeship is a flexible 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 the core of a Seetec traineeship is a high-quality work experience placement with an employer, with work preparation training and English and maths if needed. This gives young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or another job in the future."

What are the benefits of offering a traineeship?

"Traineeships have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace."

Traineeships will help to tackle this problem while benefiting your business in the following ways:

  • As an employer, you can design a high-quality traineeship in partnership with Seetec - one that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
  • The length of commitment is relatively short, and the programme is fully funded by the government
  • Traineeships allow you to nurture the next generation, helping your business to increase its capacity, and productivity, develop a loyal, talented workforce and contribute to tackling youth unemployment
  • Your current employees will have the opportunity to build their own mentoring and coaching skills supporting the trainee
  • Training costs will be met by government funding. Seetec also advertises your traineeship opportunities.

How long would a placement have to be?

"The work experience element should last for at least 100 hours, and typically can last for anything between 100-200 hours. The work placement should be long enough to enable the young person to develop new skills and behaviours, which ensure they become work-ready and have the confidence to take the first step in their career to secure an apprenticeship or other employment."

Does the placement have to be full block weeks?

"No, traineeships are very flexible and tailored to the needs of your business and those of the individual. By working closely with Seetec you can design a programme to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits."

"We will jointly plan when the young person should start their work experience and agree the days they are with you."

"The process can then be changed and adapted during the traineeship so that you and the young person both get the best out of the programme."

Are traineeships fully funded?

"Training costs are met by government funding. Employers are not required to pay the young person taking part in the traineeship. Seetec will also support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals."

"Undertaking a traineeship does not impact on a young person’s benefit entitlement either."

Are employers expected to offer the trainee a job or apprenticeship at the end?

Employers are not required to provide a job or apprenticeship at the end of the traineeship; however, once the young person has finished their traineeship with you, we would ask you to give them either:

  • An interview for a position within your business if one is available; or
  • If no apprenticeship or job exists within your business, provide an exit interview together with meaningful written feedback to help them secure a future apprenticeship or other employment with another employer.

Can an employer finish the placement early to offer the trainee a job?

"No problem at all! Seetec will work with you to agree on a start date and will continue to support the young person as they make their transition into an employment or apprenticeship position."

For further information on traineeships, contact us today