Traineeship providers in Greater Manchester, who have experience of delivering Apprenticeships, tend to use an existing pool of employers. However, Traineeships create an opportunity for providers to engage with new employers who have not previously recruited young people into Apprenticeships. Whilst providers are discouraged from promoting the “try before you buy” philosophy, employers may see the benefit of utilising a Traineeship work placement as a “trial period” before committing to investing in an apprentice.
Providers are encouraged to have Traineeship work placements arranged prior to recruiting Trainees. Ideally, there will be an Apprenticeship vacancy with the work placement employer at the end of the Traineeship. It is recognised that some employers will not have an Apprenticeship vacancy but are keen to support young people by offering them a work experience opportunity.
The National Apprenticeship Service has produced a Traineeship guide for employers. It highlights the business benefits of Traineeships and provides large employer case studies. This is a useful tool for providers to utilise when engaging with employers. The document can be found here.
Involving Employers in Traineeship Design
Employers can be involved in the design of a Traineeship to a varying level.
Managing Employer Expectations
It is important to understand the employer expectations and to relay these to the trainee. Providers could consider drafting a Service Level Agreement with employers or even a tripartite agreement between trainee, training provider and work placement employer.
A draft SLA template can be found here. This can be used by providers to establish agreements and principles between the three stakeholders.
QA Case Study
Work placements are available prior to the cohort of learners starting their pre-employability sessions. All work placements have an Apprenticeship vacancy available at the end of them. The Traineeship Team have a specific Account Manager who is tasked with sourcing vacancies. This supports the Apprenticeship team to fill vacancies and the Apprenticeship Employer Account Managers can also support the Traineeship team to find appropriate vacancies.