UK government to scrap traineeships from August 2023

From August 2023, the government will end its traineeship programme after years of low take up.

14 December 2022

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement for 16 to 24 year olds. 

In 2021/22 there was a target of reaching 43,000 traineeships across all sectors, however, just 15,500 starters began the programme. This low start rate reflects the continued rates since its inception, ten years ago.

The government believe that the T Level transition programme, T Levels, boot camps, apprenticeships, and sector-based work academies serve as alternatives to the traineeship programme. The traineeship programme will be integrated into other 16 to 19 study programmes for young people, and the non-devolved adult education budget for adults.

Traineeships under the current programme can continue to start until 31 July 2023, and for those starting on or before this date, the programme will continue to be funded.

Read the full ministerial statement on the UK parliament website.