Traineeships Adviser Guidance- England Only.
1. Traineeships is a non mandatory BIS and DfE led initiative, which focuses
on young people aged 16-23 years old; living in England and who are
interested in work, but need extra help to get and sustain an Apprenticeship or
2. Traineeships are study based programmes combined with work
placements, which give young people the opportunity to develop workplace
skills and experience; putting them in a better position to compete for future
3. Traineeship opportunities can last from 6 weeks and up to 6 months, are
flexible in nature and designed to:
Improve job prospects
Improve literacy and numeracy, where appropriate
Provide the opportunity to observe the workplace skills and behaviours
Show how existing skills can be adapted to the workplace
Offer real life work experience
Build confidence and overcome problems which can interfere with
Strengthen the CV, to include a work related reference/referee; and
Give employers the opportunity to observe trainees at work.
4. Traineeships contain 3 core elements:
English & Maths (up to GCSE or equivalent Level 2, where the
claimant does not already hold a A*-C level GCSE or equivalent); and
Work Experience Placement up to an 8 consecutive weeks maximum.
(This can be extended to 12 weeks if an Apprenticeship opportunity
Where the claimant has the required level of
English & Maths qualifications, this element of
training is not required.
5. From the first Work Focused Interview, Traineeships should be considered
as a non mandatory referral option for claimants who are eligible and
6. Benefit claimants should be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or
Universal Credit (UC) only.
7. Claimants on Income Support (IS) or Employment Support Allowance
(ESA) are not eligible for Traineeships.
8. Non benefit recipients who meet the other eligibility criteria can participate
in Traineeships. These customers should be signposted to the National
9. Eligible Traineeship participants must:
Be aged 16-23 years old on the first day of the course (This includes
claimants up to 23 years and 364 days old) or claimants aged between
16 and 24 years with a learning difficulty assessment and
Be living in England from August 2013 and
Have qualifications below Level 2 (up to GCSE level A-C) or below a
full level 3 (A Level) qualification for 16-18 year olds and
Have little or no work history; and
Be close to the labour market
10. JSA eligible claimants include:
Those in Joint Claims
Customer and Partner claims where the claimant has a skills need; and
Credits only claims.
Universal Credit Claimants
11. Universal Credit eligible claimants include:
Working- could do more; or
Claimants with Disabilities
12. Claimants aged between 16 and 24 and subject to a learning difficulty
assessment are eligible to participate in Traineeships.
13. This is in line with existing educational opportunities.
Part Time Workers
19. The Traineeship Delivery Framework states that Traineeship participants
should not be working. A claimant may still be eligible for Traineeships if they
are undertaking work a few hours a week and claiming an appropriate benefit;
where they meet the eligibility requirements eg. That they have little or no
20. The Skills Funding Agency classification of “not working” covers those
who are working less than 16 hours per week.
Traineeships and other provision
25. Traineeship referrals should only be made where it’s likely that the
Traineeship will be completed prior to entry to the Work Programme.
Work Programme Participants
27. As claimants participating in the Work Programme are deemed to be
further away from the labour market than those suitable for Traineeships,
Work Programme participants are not eligible for Traineeships.
Work Programme Returnees
29. Traineeships are not appropriate for claimants who complete the Work
Programme and who are assigned to the Jobcentre Plus Offer regime. They
are deemed to have recent work experience and should have no significant
challenges in securing employment.
30. Traineeships may be appropriate for those assigned to the Mandatory
Sbwa and Work Trials
31. Traineeships are unsuitable for claimants who would benefit from a sbwa
or a Work Trial. Claimants suitable for these opportunities do not require the
level of support offered by Traineeships.
Mandatory Work Activity
32. Traineeships are unsuitable for claimants for whom Mandatory Work
is deemed appropriate. Traineeships are for people motivated by the
prospect of work.
34. Claimants who are suitable for Apprenticeships are not suitable for
Traineeships. Traineeships are designed to give extra support to young
people who are not at the level required to participate in an Apprenticeship.
More complex support required
35. Traineeships are unsuitable for claimants with complex needs eg ESOL or
Basic Skills or who are further away from the labour market. This is because
work experience placements may start from the first week of the Traineeship.