SSG Traineeships

SSG Traineeships are the ideal option for young people who are motivated to work but are finding it difficult to find the opportunity and for businesses who want to grow their specialist workforce without incurring high recruitment and training costs.

incentive payment per trainee for employers!

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It is a work placement programme designed to prepare participants for the world of work and give them a forward step towards an apprenticeship or employment. It’s the ideal gateway into the professional working world through a supportive and educational pathway to increase levels of future success for both the trainee and business.

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. Our traineeships last 14 – 16 weeks. Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds – or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan – get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience. Traineeships help businesses grow and develop their workforce without feeling addition strain on their time and finances.

SSG will work effectively with new and/or existing employees and can support specific recruitment drives. SSG will sit in the centre of the partnership supporting both the trainees and the business every step of the way,  providing additional training and extra English and Maths tuition if needed, allowing opportunities for young people of all abilities.

94% of employers consider traineeships to be an effective way of increasing young people’s chances of finding paid jobs and apprenticeships. Four in five trainees (80%) said that the support they received during their work preparation training had helped to improve their job search.

SSG Traineeships FAQ's

Traineeship information for trainees

Traineeships are a window of opportunity for young people who may be finding it difficult to enter the world of work with their existing credentials and qualifications. Through practical experience, traineeships teach you the ins and outs of a particular industry and provide insight into typical tasks you will be expected to undertake in full time employment.

Many trainees go on to work in the organisation that conducted their traineeship. However, if you decide that path isn’t right for you, the you have the advantage of valuable work experience to add to your CV, along with a meaningful written reference.

You can apply for a traineeship if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • aged 16 to 24 – or 25 with an EHC plan – and qualified up to level 3

Traineeships are free. The cost of training is given directly to training providers by the government.

  • training to prepare you for work, including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace
  • support to improve your English, maths and digital skills if you need it
  • sector focused vocational learning to help prepare you for your apprenticeship or job and recognition of your learning
  • a high-quality work placement of at least 70 hours
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with written feedback

A traineeship is a training programme and isn’t a job. Employers are not required to pay you for the work placement, but they can support you with expenses such as transport and meals.

If you are eligible, you can maintain your entitlement to benefits whilst on a traineeship as necessary.

Along with recognition of your learning, there will be support to link you with job opportunities. You can also work a part time job up to 16 hours a week whilst undertaking a Traineeship.

You may get:

  • Expenses for transport and meals from your employer
  • Financial support for travel, childcare or a disability from your training provider
  • Support from your local Jobcentre Plus if you are eligible for work benefits

Traineeship information for employers

  • Flexibility;
  • Traineeships can be sector skill focused and are funded by the government;
  • 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;
  • Increase business capacity and productivity;
  • Help you develop a loyal and talented workforce;
  • Opportunity to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices;
  • Reduce recruitment costs, as they are incurred by the scheme;
  • Cost effective way to grow your workforce and subsequently grow your business;
  • Part of your COVID 19 recovery strategy for your business.

Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may also receive an incentive payment of £1000 per learner, for up to 10 learners. More guidance will follow on this new incentive.

When offering a traineeship work placement, you need to provide:

  • safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience;
  • a minimum of 70 hours of work experience – but no more than 240 hours for benefit claimants – over the duration of the traineeship (maximum of one year) and as agreed with the traineeship provider;
  • SSG is using a model of 8-16 weeks with the employer, with a split of 3 days per week in the business and 2 days per week with SSG;
  • constructive feedback and advice to the trainee;
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or job in your business 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.

The traineeship is free to your business, but you may support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals.

SSG will consult with the employer to establish what their needs are and design a totally flexible programme to fit around the needs of the business.

SSG will lead on/support new recruitment through promotion and short listing in partnership with the business. The business has the final decision on any trainee selected.

SSG will assess the needs of the trainee. Trainees may need pre-employment training before starting work experience.

You and SSG will then plan and agree:

  • the days the trainee works;
  • how the programme will be delivered.

Traineeships are flexible. You can adjust the programme as you go to make sure you and the trainee get the most out of it.

After the programme the employer should:

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

There is no contractual requirement to employ the trainee but we will do everything we can to try and ensure they become an important asset and you will try and keep them on.