Traineeships Explained

Traineeships are made up of the following core elements:

Core elements:

  • English or English for speaker of other languages (ESOL)
  • maths
  • work placements
  • work preparation and training.

Optional elements:

  • Flexible element

English and Maths

“All learners must be assessed for English and maths. Any learner without a minimum GCSE grade C in English and maths must be supported to progress” (Traineeships - Framework for delivery 2015 to 2016)

English and maths qualifications must meet Condition of Funding (CoF). However, Traineeships do not need to comply with the new rule that GCSE grade D learners must study GCSE. Typical English and maths qualifications that meet CoF include:

  • GCSE or iGCSE
  • Entry-Levels, Level 1 or Level 2 functional skills
  • foundation, intermediate or advanced freestanding maths qualifications (check Learning Aims Search – LARS website)
  • ESOL.

If the learner has already achieved a Functional Skill qualification at Level 2 they must work towards achieving a GCSE grade 5 or higher.

We've highlighted which NCFE regulated English and Maths qualifications for both 16-18 and 19+ could fit into the Traineeship programme using our ‘Traineeship Builder’.

Work placement element

Work placements must be a minimum of 100 hours to be conducted over a period between 6 weeks to 6 months. The work experience can’t be simulated, and must be in a real workplace with an employer (eg not the training provider).

Work preparation and training element

This includes skills you would typically need to:

  • find a job eg CV writing, job search techniques and interview skills
  • keep a job eg planning, time-keeping, team working, self-confidence, resilience and strength of character.

We've highlighted which NCFE regulated work preparation and training qualifications for both 16-18 and 19+ could fit into the Traineeship programme using our ‘Traineeship Builder’.

Flexible element - optional

Providers can also offer an optional ‘flexible element’. This can be used to increase the study programme hours and draw down more funding. It can also be used to theme the Traineeship and prepare learners for a particular workplace. The flexible element qualification must be approved for EFA 16-18 on the LARS funding website.

We've highlighted which NCFE regulated flexible option qualifications for both 16-18 and 19+ could fit into the Traineeship programme using our ‘Traineeship Builder’.

Traineeship Outcomes

Traineeships have different retention criteria. The learner must have met ONE of the following criteria within 6 months of leaving a Traineeship:

  • have had 8 consecutive weeks of employment
  • have had 8 consecutive weeks of self-employment of 16 hours a week or more
  • started an Apprenticeship by passing the qualifying period to count for funding
  • have started on another programme that has at least 150 GLH at Level 2 or 3, be recognised in the performance tables and has passed the qualifying period to count for funding.

Traineeship Funding Guide

Traineeship funding is complicated, because there are significant differences between EFA (16-18) and SFA (19-24) funding, therefore this guide has been created to explain Traineeship funding to you.

Traineeship funding guide

NCFE’s Traineeship offer can help your learners make the leap from education to the workplace through building the transferable skills and core attributes that businesses across all sectors are looking for.