Major Recruitment Opportunities
Direct applications as a result of outward facing marketing.
Vacancies can be advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Apprenticeship Vacancies (AV) site. The SFA have produced a guide for providers where vacancies can be uploaded with a named work placement employer. This can be downloaded from
Traineeship opportunities without a work placement employer cannot be advertised.
This is an opportunity for young people to take an active role in selecting a Traineeship based on an employer of their choice. Employers also benefit from knowing that a trainee is motivated to gain work experience with their organisation. This also allows a single platform in which providers can provide all relevant IAG before application, to ensure that the learner fully understands what a Traineeship is and what the processes involve.
Internal referrals from unsuccessful Apprenticeship applications as well as progression from lower level study programmes.
Providers who deliver Apprenticeships will have access to a pool of unsuccessful Apprenticeship applicants. Of that pool of talent some may be both eligible and suitable for a Traineeship which can be promoted to the young person as an opportunity to acquire the skills and experience to become a successful Apprenticeship applicant.
Providers who deliver lower level study programmes could use Traineeships as a natural progression route for learners who are almost Apprenticeship ready.
External referrals from agencies working with young people.
There are a number of organisations working with young people across Greater Manchester. For the purposes of this Toolkit these organisations will be referred to collectively as Referral Agencies.
Referral Agencies include Jobcentre Plus (JCP), work programme providers, IAG services and other organisations that support young people. These organisations work with a cohort of young people, many of whom will be eligible and suitable for Traineeships.
By far the largest pool of potential trainees are JCP clients. JCP clients may be accessing either Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit (UC) and these are subject to additional eligibility requirements over and above those stipulated by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA).