The purpose of Traineeships is to prepare young people for employment so that they are able to progress successfully to Apprenticeships and other sustainable work.
The SFA expects that work experience placements will last between 100 and 240 hours. Longer placements may be necessary to prepare young people for work, but these would need to be based on clearly identified learner needs.
For young people in receipt of benefits, the work experience placement can last up to 240 hours (or extended if the offer of an Apprenticeship place is accepted) at a maximum of 30 hours a week.
Providers and employers will be free to agree how the placement fits best with the other components. In some cases, it may be better for young people to undertake work experience at the end of their Traineeship, in others to begin this from early in the programme with the other components sitting alongside it. Providers should offer ongoing support to employers and young people as needed throughout the work experience placement. This will enable continuous learning and reflection for trainees, with the work experience element both reinforcing acquired skills and giving individuals experience that will help equip them for future employment.
(Framework for Delivery 2015-2016)