DBC awarded funding to deliver Traineeships to 16–18-year-olds

We’re excited to share that DBC has been awarded funding to deliver Traineeships to 16–18-year-olds. Traineeships provide work experience placements, training and work preparation, and are a key component of the government’s Plan for Jobs.

DBC will be working with employers to offer high-quality traineeships that provide meaningful progression for young people into an apprenticeship, job or further learning.

Employers can claim a £1,000 incentive payment to provide work experience placements.

For more information, or to partner with us on Traineeships contact us here

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work experience placement.

Traineeships help prepare young people 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.Employers can offer a work experience placement to a trainee, working with a training provider, such as DBC, to design the programme.

How the traineeship programme works

DBC will assess the needs of the trainee and provide pre-employment training before starting their work experience placement.

Employers then work with us to plan and agree:

  • the length of the work experience placement

  • the days the trainee works

  • how the programme will be delivered

Traineeships are flexible. You can adapt and change the programme to make sure you and the trainee get the most out of it.

After the traineeship

Employers should:

  • offer the trainee an interview at the end of the programme if a job or an apprenticeship is available in their business

  • provide an exit interview with meaningful written feedback if no job or apprenticeship is available

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 businessdesign 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

  • claim an employer incentive of £1,000 when a work experience placement of over 70 hours has been completed


Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may be eligible for an incentive payment of £1,000 per learner. They can claim this incentive for up to 10 learners per region. Employers can decide how to use the money.

You can view more guidance on employer incentive payments and how to claim them.


Traineeships are funded by the government.

Traineeships are free to the employer, but you may choose to support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals.

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