Are you looking to grow your business? A traineeship would be the perfect choice for your business.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on
giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. The programme is for young people aged 16 to 24 who have little to no work place experience. Traineeships can last anything from ten weeks to six months.

For businesses, like you, traineeships are a great stepping stone to help develop a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce. Whether it is attracting new people with fresh ideas to your business or filling your skills gap, recruiting a trainee could be for you.

The basic requirements for a traineeship are:

  • A meaningful, high quality, work experience placement of at least 100 hours with an employer, providing
a real insight and experience into the world of work
  • Work preparation training which will be delivered by
 Stockton Riverside College
  • English and maths support (if required) provided by Stockton Riverside College
  • Flexible content to meet the needs of your business

What are the benefits to your business?

  • Traineeships offer you the opportunity to nurture home grown talent helping to create a loyal and local workforce.
  • You have the advantage of being able to choose from a group of enthusiastic young people as they prepare to take their first steps on to the career ladder.
  • Your current employees will have the opportunity to build their mentoring and coaching skills.
  • You could be eligible for a grant of £1500* if a trainee progresses on to an apprenticeship within your organisation.
  • All training costs are met by government funding.
  • Traineeships can form part of your organisation’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.
  • Developed with employers, a flexible approach means traineeships are tailored to the needs of both the individual and the business
  • Help is available from Stockton Riverside College to help you recruit your trainee using the Apprenticeship vacancies service.
  • Throughout your busy periods, trainees can provide extra support or your team.

How long does a traineeship last?

Traineeships last anything up to a maximum of six months depending on the needs of the individual.

What would be my responsibilities as an employer?

You will need to commit to a high quality work placement, lasting at least six weeks.

This should include:

  • Pre-agreed content and objectives between your company, the training organisation and the trainee.
  • A structured opportunity for the young person, matched to their areas of interest and aspiration, where they engage in purposeful learning activities rather than observation.
  • The work experience placement should be long enough to allow for the development of new skills and behaviours.
  • Trainees should receive coaching and training from an identified mentor in the business, receiving regular constructive feedback.
  • Employers are not required to
pay young people taking part in traineeships but are encouraged to support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals.

What happens when a traineeship is completed?

Once the young person has finished their traineeship with your company, you will be required to offer:

  • Ideally, an interview for a position within your business if one is available.
  • If no apprenticeship or job opportunity is available within your business, you will be required to provide an exit interview together with meaningful written feedback to help your trainee go on to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

Why Stockton Riverside College?

Graded Good by Ofsted with ‘Outstanding’ delivery of apprenticeships, our wealth of experience in delivering high quality business solutions, means we are well placed to support you in delivering traineeships to match your business objectives.

Stockton broadcaster Ignition Radio has been working in partnership with Stockton Riverside College to help budding journalists, presenters and editors to develop industry-relevant skills.

Offering a 12-week traineeship, station manager Tony Beards said: “This proved a good way of giving young people an insight into the organisation before taking on the commitment of an apprenticeship.”

For the charity organisation which is run by a team of volunteers, Tony said the trainees proved an asset to the workforce. Not only did they bring fresh ideas but they were also able to take on real projects and assist with the day-to-day running of the community station.

“The Traineeship was fantastic,” said Tony. With several trainees moving on to further industry relevant training, other courses or employment, the station hopes to repeat the success with plans in place to launch a second traineeship.

Contact us

For more information on eligibility, funding and the business benefits of traineeships please contact our Business Development Unit on 01642 865577 or email

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