Traineeships

Create a workforce for the future

Traineeships are the perfect solution to get learners career ready. With a simple, sharp focus on employability, traineeships have the power to help disengaged young people jump start their career and make rapid progress particularly when followed by an apprenticeship or work-based training.

This summer, the Chancellor launched his ‘plan for jobs’ in an effort to accelerate economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic – with an additional £111m for traineeships at the heart of this plan. This means £1000 per learner (up to 10) incentive for employers offering new work placements.

At NCFE, we support this investment and believe in the transformative power of traineeships.


Challenges and solutions

We understand that delivering outstanding traineeship programmes comes with its challenges for providers; reaching and engaging learners, ensuring they are ready to embark on training, working effectively with employers, flexing content to different sector areas, providing follow up support and measuring progress as the traineeship progresses.

At NCFE, we can help you to build and deliver a manageable and successful programme which overcomes these challenges and works for your learners.

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With traineeships from NCFE, you can:

  • Be equipped with the right questions to ask at key points in a learner journey to ensure they are mentally fit to prepare for a job and thrive in work.
  • Access a flexible, fundable traineeship curriculum with core content that can be contextualised to different sector areas. This supports you in being able to manage the programme efficiently, and also benefits your learners in terms of them gaining a solid base of transferable skills.
  • Measure distance travelled through our Skills Work and Skills Builder platforms. This innovative learning technology can help your organisation to understand your learners’ individual starting points - and when and where to offer intervention in key areas. You can also then track and measure a learner’s progress against the development needs identified.

Traineeship overview  what does it involve?

Short, typically two or three month programmes which include a combination of acutely work-focused training, support to improve maths and / or English, digital skills where necessary (EDSQ) and a substantial period of work experience  ideally with the prospect of a permanent job with the work placement employer on successful completion.

An optional flexible element can also be included which is used to increase the Study Programme hours and draw down more funding.

Funding guidance for traineeships simplified Read more

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Let us help you to plan and deliver personalised traineeships.

NCFE is passionate about creating content for learners which is directly related to the workforce.

Understand your learners’ starting point and measure distance travelled

For English and maths, Employability, Learning Styles, Personal Learning and Thinking Styles.

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Our traineeship builder

Take a look at our traineeship builder, designed to help you to select and build a bespoke programme which is right for your individual learners. There are full instructions included within the builder to enable you to flex your programme and mix and match from the options available.

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Go the distance with NCFE

NCFE’s ‘go the distance’ initiative will give learners the best possible chance of finding, staying and progressing in work during these challenging times.

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