Traineeships are made up of three core elements: a work experience placement; work preparation training; and English and maths.
Providers and employers have the freedom to bring these elements together in the best way to engage and support individual trainees. Providers are expected to work with young people from the outset to assess their individual needs and tailor a programme that meets those needs against the core elements including consideration of timing, duration and options for a flexible element. Some young people may need to focus primarily on English, maths and work preparation at the beginning of their Traineeship before moving into the work experience placement. Others may benefit from starting their work experience with a supportive employer early in the Traineeship, with work preparation and English and maths built in alongside.
In addition to the three core elements, providers and employers have the flexibility to add elements to Traineeships depending on the needs of young people and the labour market. The flexible content of Traineeships could include high quality and relevant vocational qualifications, skills required by the local labour market or particular sectors/employers, business, commercial and enterprise skills or ICT skills. These are examples only and are not designed to be prescriptive or exhaustive. Providers and employers should look to design Traineeship programmes that are appropriate for the local labour market needs.