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Developed as a result of feedback from employers in 2013, traineeships are education programmes designed for 16 to 24 year olds and people up to academic age 25. 

Employers felt that although motivated young people were often not prepared for the apprenticeships or jobs which they were applying for. Traineeships are designed to equip these people with the skills, confidence and attitudes necessary to thrive in a professional environment. This upskilling can be valuable for people with learning disabilities or difficulties (LDD) who can then successfully compete for an apprenticeship or sustainable employment. You can find out more about the benefits of supporting people with LDD into apprenticeships on our webpage.

In the NHS, when used as part of a holistic workforce strategy, traineeships can be really effective in helping employers to address the workforce supply challenges we know the service is currently facing and make working in the NHS more accessible and inclusive.  

Find out more about traineeships, and how they can help you manage young people in your organisation in our new guidance document, Traineeships: harnessing young talent to enrich the NHS.

Find out more

  • Along with advice about creating sustainable workforce strategies, NHS Employers offers support to health service providers who employ young people through our ThinkFuture information hub.  
  • The Government has produced a framework for the delivery of traineeships offering practical guidance for service and education providers.
  • The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) provides guidance for employers looking to provide traineeships, and will support you to work in partnership with relevant training providers. For more information on eligibility, funding and the business benefits of traineeships, download NAS’ factsheet for employers.
  • Jobcentre Plus (JCP) can also support employers to deliver traineeships. NHS Employers’ Jobcentre Plus webpages explain how.
  • The work experience element of traineeships is hugely important, and relies on employers to deliver them well. NHS Careers has produced resources to help employers provide high-quality work experience programmes. Find out more on the NHS Careers website.
  • Training routes into the NHS - Review this infographic to consider the variety of routes available to support your talent pipelines and workforce supply. 

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