Traineeships are the Government’s flagship programme which provide young people with the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

They have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace.

Our traineeship programme is a flexible training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people, aged 16 to 18, and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

You can make an impact by providing a high-quality work experience placement and we will provide work preparation training and English and maths if needed. This gives young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or job in the future.

How can traineeship programmes benefit employers?


Traineeships are flexible. We can help you to tailor the Traineeships that meet the needs of your business.

You decide how the programme is delivered to maximise the efficiency, productivity and find the right people with the right values and behaviours to work in your organisation.


Our traineeships provide you with the freedom to shape the skills and experience of young people from your local community, allowing you to nurture the next generation, helping your business to increase its capacity, and productivity, develop a loyal, talented workforce and contribute to tackling youth unemployment.



Your current employees will have the opportunity to build their own mentoring and coaching skills while supporting the trainee.

Also by providing trainees with at least 70 hours of work experience, you can bring significant capacity into your business.



Training costs will be met by government funding. We will advertise the position and also collate and shortlist applicants for you, for FREE.

By working closely together we can design a programme to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits should you wish to offer them an apprenticeship but again this is not mandatory.

To find out more you can visit our Traineeship page by clicking here or contact our Smart team on 0330 088 0888 or email via our contact us page.