London Learning Consortium

LLC is here to help you recruit trainees for your business.

What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work experience placement.

Traineeships help prepare young people aged 16 to 24, or 25 with an education, health and care plan, for employment or an apprenticeship.

Traineeships must include at least 70 hours of work experience placement. They can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, but most last less than 6 months.

As an employer you can offer a work experience placement to a trainee. You will work with LLC to design the programme.

How the traineeship programme works

LLC will assess the needs of the trainee.

Trainees may need pre-employment training before starting their work experience placement.

Employers will then work with LLC to plan and agree:

  • the length of the work experience placement
  • the days the trainee works
  • how the programme will be delivered

Traineeships are flexible. Employers can change the programme as they go to make sure they and the trainee get the most out of it.

After the traineeship

Employers should:

  • offer the trainee an interview at the end of the programme if a job or an apprenticeship is available in their business
  • provide an exit interview with meaningful written feedback if no job or apprenticeship is available

Employer responsibilities

Employers must provide:

  • a safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience placement
  • a minimum of 70 hours of work experience placement over the duration of the traineeship (if the trainee claims benefits, the placement cannot last longer than 240 hours)
  • constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or job in their organisation at the end of the traineeship if one is available
  • an exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available

Benefits to employers

Offering a work experience placement gives employers the chance to:

  • get to know and work with a young person to see if they’re right for an apprenticeship or job in their business
  • design a programme that suits the needs of the trainee and their business
  • develop current employees’ experience in training and mentoring
  • recruit new talent for their business
  • claim an employer incentive of £200 paid by LLC when a work experience placement of over 70 hours has been completed


Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may be eligible for an incentive payment of £200 per learner. They can claim this incentive for up to 10 learners per organisation. Employers can decide how to use the money.


Traineeships are funded by the government.

Traineeships are free to the employer, but they may choose to support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals.

Get started

If you are interested in offering a work placement for a traineeship:

  1. Contact LLC who will help you to design a traineeship that will meet your business needs. We will also advertise the work experience placement for you. Please complete the application form below and we will be in contact to support you with your recruitment and training needs.
  2. Agree with the trainee and LLC exactly what each of you expects from the traineeship.
  3. Support both you and your trainee throughout the Traineeship to ensure any arising issues are addressed quickly so that both you and your Trainee achieve the required outcomes from the programme.

If you want to know more, please complete the application form below and we will be in contact to support you with your recruitment and training needs.

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