Traineeships Frequently Asked Questions

“What is a traineeship?”

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. Ours typically last in total up to 12 weeks. 4-8 weeks pre-employment training (industry-led) followed by 2-4 weeks work experience. Traineeships were originally designed to support 16 to 24-year-olds to gain skills. (Please Note – funding available will depend on the programme and region that it is being run in. We are currently able to offer traineeships to 19 – 24-year-olds in certain regions. Please speak to us for more information.)

Trainees can be qualified up to a maximum of level 3 (So up to and including A levels or Level 3 equivalent qualifications).

We are now offering our animal care programme as a traineeship, for all animal related roles. We are currently also developing a ‘lab technician’ traineeship so please speak to us today for more information on how you could get involved.


“What are the traineeship benefits to employers?”

  • It’s flexible, can be sector focused and is funded by the government (our programmes are specifically sector focused)
  • Gives your current employees experience in training and mentoring
  • Allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
  • Can help you increase capacity and productivity
  • Can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • Allows you to help tackle youth unemployment
  • Is a route into an apprenticeship
  • Allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices
  • It is Safe! You will receive security cleared and occupational health cleared candidates!


Employers who make new work placement opportunities available will also receive an incentive payment of £1,000 per learner, for up to 10 learners. More guidance will follow on this new incentive


“Why choose Careers PG as a traineeship provider?”

  • Pre-trained candidates – They know what to expect, how to handle machinery or equipment and exactly what their duties are before they walk in the door from day 1
  • No obligation – No obligation to keep a learner on past the work experience
  • Save Money – On recruitment methods and typical fees should you wish to keep someone on
  • Giving back – Promotes inclusivity and diversity within the workplace from the start
  • Upskilling your workforce! Staff can mentor, induct and train the new learners!
  • Create future Talent Pools – Trial talent and create free natural talent pools ahead of time (or just an extra pairs of hands)
  • Security Safe – Our learners are fully screened (security & health checked)
  • Peace of mind – knowing you have round the clock support and safe people coming in to support the team 
  • Inclusion & Diversity / CSR improvement – demonstrates your commitment to CSR by actively being involved. You are addressing local community and social issues (great for bid/procurement credibility)
  • Information, advice and guidance – Advice available on how to recruit, support and sustain staff
  • Internal Staff ‘Inclusion Training’ – we can deliver this on-site/online to your staff
  • £1,000 of funding for each learner up to 10, that you host for a work experience. To use, however, you like!


“What if employers want to employ or extend their learner?”

This is great news! In short – this would be an added bonus should a hiring manager want to progress their learner into employment. (Although this is not mandatory)


The 3 options to an employer are;

1) Temporary Contract – Keep the learner on for 12 weeks as a temporary contractor on a ‘not for profit’ agency rate*
2) Permanent job offer – Employ the learner permanently – cost-free!
3) Apprenticeship – Move and enrol the learner onto an apprenticeship (We are a supporting Provider under our parent organisation FJN Group – Please ask for more information on this)


We do not believe in charging a fee for permanent employment, so this would be cost-free. We want to encourage our employer partners to employ our learners.

* Temporary contract – If you would prefer to offer a shorter temporary contract, by all means, employer partners are more than welcome to utilise FJN Groups recruitment agency to extend their learner and move them onto a further paid contract on a temporary basis. Our agency fees for any CPG learner are significantly lower than any typical agency rate due to working on a ‘not for profit’ basis. However, after 12 weeks a small agency fee would then apply and the hourly rate would increase in line with AWR (Agency Worker Regulations).  


“What are the Employer & Training Provider responsibilities?”

When offering a traineeship work placement we need to collaborate with our employer partners to provide:

  • A safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience (Careers PG offer the training content and will conduct the usual H&S, security and health screening checks!)
  • A minimum of 70 hours of work experience – but no more than 240 hours (again the Careers PG will arrange this based on what works for you)
  • Constructive feedback and advice to the trainee (we can deliver this on your behalf)
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job in at the end of the traineeship if one is available (Careers PG will cover this with our pool of employer opportunities)
  • An exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available (again Careers PG will be responsible for this)
  • The traineeship is free to your business, but you may support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals if you wish although this is not compulsory


“What are the benefits to a learner?”

The benefit for trainees is that the training will prepare learners for work, including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace;

  • Support to improve English, maths and digital skills if needed
  • Vocational Qualification (relevant to the sector)
  • Sector focused vocational learning to help prepare you for apprenticeship or jobs
  • Recognition of learning (official government traineeship)
  • Social Skills
  • Testimonials
  • 96% success rate of finding a job in the industry after (based on ACP 2019 stats)
  • More inclusive way of finding a job based on showcasing your ability!
  • Access to ring-fenced vacancies via one of our employer partners
  • Funded Industry body memberships (paid for by the Careers PG)
  • Additional support for travel and food (*dependant on the employer)
  • Learner portfolio (Including results, CV including both tutor and employer partner testimonials)


“How long will the work experience last?”

Typically 70 – 100 hours, employers will help decide what that looks like but Standard is around 3 weeks Monday – Friday or 4-6 weeks 3 days a week. Employers can help decide this but it must be for 70 hours minimum


“As an Employer, what do we have to sign or commit to? Are there any contracts?”

No lengthy contracts, simply a pledge of commitment. Our pledge consists of a few lines that confirm you are willing to give a positive work experience to one of our learners. 


“Who funds the £1,000 employers traineeship ‘work experience’ incentive and when?”

Thanks to the government, you can now claim £1,000 for up to 10 learners (maximum claim of £10,000) The ESF (European Social Fund) put this incentive in place to support jobseekers to learn new skills and prepare them for employment. After you have had your learner, you simply complete the ‘claims form’ that will be sent to you and send it back to the ESF.


“Who provides the training?”

Don’t panic! We have a simple tick sheet in place (a sector-specific training log) with some ideas on what you can get your learners to do and things to shadow, whilst in the work experience. Don’t forget, CPG learners have already been pre-trained before they start!


“How long will I have to wait for a learner (the lead time)?”

Either immediately or up to 4-6 weeks. If we do not have a learner already enrolled locally, we ask for up to 4-6 weeks max. This enables us to advertise, enrol and train up your learner. However, we typically will already have a pool of already trained learners in each region, ready and waiting


“What is a ‘pledge’?”

A pledge is in simple terms is a “request for a work experience” from an employer

“What is a pledge of commitment?”

We ask employers to sign to state they ‘pledge their commitment’ to giving a positive work experience. It really is not war and peace and these can be found online under our ‘pledges’ section


“Who are The Careers Programme Group (Careers PG) and what do they do?”

The Careers Programme Group is the parent organisation to a number of training programmes and has extensive experience creating employer / industry-led programmes in a range of underrepresented sectors.


“What’s the application criteria for a learner (age, qualification etc)?”

Learners can be qualified up to and including a Level 3 / A Level / Advanced Apprenticeship. Previously a traineeship scheme was open only to 18-24’s but this is now available to all age groups. Applicants who are qualified at  Level 4 level or above will be considered, providing the qualification they hold is not in the same sector. This can be deemed as double funding 


“What support is available if a learner has a disability or health condition?”

We will take care of everything. We cover this before we place a learner out. Every learner has a health screening and if required, they will complete a ‘reasonable adjustment form’ (RAJ). We will never send any learner out without full health clearance or 100% assurance that they are ‘fit for work’


“Why might I receive a RAJ Form and what is it used for?”

This is a live document that shows any adjustments or special requests (if any) that a learner may need in a placement. Often this is simply used to make our employers aware (ie that a learner has mental health although they do not need an adjustment etc). Its purpose is to manage everyone’s expectations


“What if I already have someone in mind? Can we put our own learner through a traineeship?”

Providing you have someone who fits the criteria of being educated to a level 3 or below, then YES! We can find you a learner, or you can simply refer a candidate to us and leave it all to us. We welcome as much or as little control as you like, so you are more than welcome to recommend learners to us. We will of course have to ask your referral a few question for eligibility purposes, but this is relatively straight forward!