A traineeship is a skills development programme funded by the government that includes a work placement. Employers can offer traineeships from six weeks up to one year, although many last for less than six months. It requires at least 70 work hours of work experience. They help to prepare young people between the ages of 16 to 24 (or 25 if they have an education, health and care plan) to get into employment or apprenticeships. They are important for employers because they help more young people to get into the workforce without doing a degree. Employers that offer traineeships are eligible for an incentive payment of £1,000 per learner.
Every year thousands fail to complete courses as employers fail to provide adequate levels of training.