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What are Traineeships?

Traineeships are an education and training programme created to help learners who are interested in securing an apprenticeship, or employment.

To support the economic recovery from Covid-19 the UK government announced further funding opportunities for traineeships and pledges to provide 30,000 new traineeships to get young people in England into work. Government funding is available for traineeships which are aimed at 16 to 24 year-old-learners who need support in developing their learning and skills, to subsequently help them to progress to an apprenticeship, employment or further education.

Eligible providers for traineeships must have an Ofsted Inspection grading of good or outstanding.

Who are traineeships designed for?

Traineeships are for young people:

  • who are not currently in a job and have little work experience, but are focused on gaining employment at some point
  • aged 16 to 19-years old and forms part of the study programme provision
  • aged 16 to 24-years old and qualified below Level 3
  • whom providers and employers believe have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a traineeship.

What's included in a traineeship?

Traineeships consist of two strands.

The first strand is the mandatory core content of a traineeship, and consists of three elements:

  • Work experience - to develop workplace skills that give the young person meaningful work experience
  • Work preparation training - to prepare learners with the Skills for Working Life in a particular sector as well as Employability Skills covering areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search and inter-personal skills
  • English and maths - where level 2 has not been achieved at Key Stage 4. City & Guilds offers qualifications in Functional Skills English and Mathematics.

The second strand is a flexible element such as a vocational qualification that supports the occupation the learner is interested in, including:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Business Administration

You must be delivering a traineeship for a minimum duration of 12 weeks and a maximum duration of 6 months, during which the training, work experience and flexible elements must’ve all been completed.

Traineeship - Business Administration Level 2 webinar

June 2020

Business Administration Level 2: Traineeship replacement update

Download our Traineeship programme factsheet

Flexible funding for flexible programmes

Here is a summary of the traineeship funding for 16 to19-year-olds and 19 to 24-year-olds:

  • Funding for the core content of a traineeship is £970 per programme.
  • Funding for the flexible element is at the qualification rate on Learning Aim Reference Service (LARS) for 19+ trainees, and via the annual 16-19 allocation of funds to providers for 16-19 provision.

16 to 19-year-old learners: Funding for traineeships as study programmes are on a per learner basis. Providers can use their Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) 16 to 19-year olds contract as part of their study programme allocation.

19 to 24-year-old learners: Funding for traineeships are via the Adult Education Budget (AEB). Providers will need to obtain permission to use a proportion of their AEB for traineeships delivery.

For more information on AEB and Study Programmes visit our pages below;


The Adult Education Budget (AEB), funds qualifications and programmes for learners aged 19+. City & Guilds have over 1,500 qualifications funded by AEB.

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Study programme

Study Programme is a Department of Education initiative which aims to individualise all learners’ education and training experience, whilst enhancing their employment opportunities.

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