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


Traineeships help prepare young people aged 16 to 18 with an education, health and care plan, for employment or an apprenticeship.


Traineeships must include at least 70 hours of work experience placement.


Employers can offer a work experience placement to a trainee. They will work with a training provider to design the programme.






How the traineeship programme works

DBC Training will assess the needs of the trainee.


Trainees may need pre-employment training before starting their work experience placement. This is provided by DBC Training.


We will then work with you 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. Employers can change the programme as they go to make sure they and the trainee get the most out of it.


After the traineeship you 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


Employer responsibilities

You 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

  • an exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available

Benefits to employers

Offering a work experience placement gives you the chance to:

  • get to know and work with a young person to see if they’re right for an apprenticeship or job in your business

  • design a programme that suits the needs of the trainee and your business

  • develop current employees’ experience in training and mentoring

  • recruit new talent

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



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.



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

For more information on traineeships, please contact us on 01332 947973 or

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