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 skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months).

Traineeships help 16 to 24-year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan - get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

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.

πŸ‘† A Traineeship provides flexibility and can be sector focused and is funded by the government

πŸ‘† Provides your current employees experience in training and mentoring

πŸ‘† Allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee

πŸ‘† Traineeships can help you increase your capacity and productivity

πŸ‘† Can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce

πŸ‘† Allows you to help tackle youth unemployment

πŸ‘† Offers a route onto an Apprenticeship

πŸ‘† Allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices

Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may also receive an incentive payment of Β£1000 per learner, for up to 10 learners. More guidance will follow on this new incentive.

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