Trainees and Traineeships

Support Young People in Developing Work Related Skills

Boston College offers an education and training programme called traineeships. The main aim of traineeships is to support young people in developing the skills they need to secure and succeed in employment including apprenticeships.

You, the employer are at the centre of traineeships; and in partnership with Boston College, you can help design a programme around your own business needs.

What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a flexible education and training programme available to those aged 16 to 24. The programme offers work experience, which prepares the student for their future careers by helping them to become 'work ready'. Traineeships can last from six weeks up to a maximum of six months, and are suitable for all major industries.

Alongside high-quality work experience with an employer, Boston College will provide work preparation training as well as English and Maths if needed, to make sure the student has the skills and experience to help them gain an apprenticeship or job in the future.

What are the Benefits of Offering Traineeships?

The Government developed traineeships in response to research highlighting that young people frequently do not have the knowledge and experience employers are looking for. By employing a trainee through Boston College, you are not just helping to bridge the skills gap, but your business will also benefit:

  • If you are thinking of hiring an apprentice but want to see how the training will fit in to your current work environment, a traineeship is a great place to start. The course commitment is shorter, and the programme is fully funded by the Government. You are also not required to pay the trainee, but you may support them with expenses, such as transport and meals.
  • A traineeship allows your business to increase its productivity, develop a skilled workforce and contribute to lowering youth unemployment. The programme also enable you grow your own talent.
  • As well as your business benefiting, by employing a trainee your current employees will have the opportunity to develop their own mentoring and coaching skills.

What Happens at the End of the Traineeship?

At the end of the traineeship, you are not required to provide a job. However, you will need to provide the trainee an interview for a position within your business if one is available. If there isn't a vacancy or apprenticeship available, you will need to provide an exit interview and provide meaningful written feedback to help the trainee secure a future Apprenticeship or employment.

Need Some More Advice?

If you would like to find out more information about Boston College's traineeships, or you would like to start the process of employing a trainee, and help develop talented young people, please contact the College's Employability Team on 01205 365701 or email

You can download our course guide