Traineeship Plus information for referrers and employers

Preparing young people for their future careers, helping them to get ready for work and improve their chances of getting an Apprenticeship or other job

The Traineeship Plus programme will give a young person the experience of working so the move into employment isn’t as daunting. They will receive support with English and maths through engaging and interesting activities which are relevant to the workplace.

They will also develop their employability skills and will work towards a Level 1 Award in Employability Skills. This qualification has been developed in partnership with Reed Employment Agency.

What is needed to apply for Trainee Plus
  • 16 – 24 year olds
  • Minimum grade 3-9 or A-D GCSE in English and/or maths (non-GCSE qualifications considered on an individual basis)
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to learn and motivation to work
Programme information

Start dates are in September and March each academic year (other programmes may run at other times of the year if applications are high.

Young people will complete a 20 week Traineeship programme which has several different elements:

  • an employability qualification covering areas like customer service skills; interpersonal and self-management skills; CV writing; interview preparation and job searching
  • English and mathematics; which are crucial employability skills
  • a high quality work placement; A young person will have meaningful work experience and develop workplace skills
  • successful completion of Traineeship Plus will help the young person gain confidence and valuable skills and experience in the workplace, which will enable them to progress into apprenticeships or employment. They will also receive careers guidance and support, throughout the programme
Weeks Days/Hours GLH Content
2 3 days x 6 hours 36 Induction
Maths and English
Employability qualification level 1
Enrichment including Food Hygiene, First Aid, CSCS Card (Construction) and other specialist/flexible options in preparation for work placements
During the induction we will identify work placements for individuals in:
Business Administration
Customer Service
Health & Social Care
Other industry sectors available (Highways, Countryside, Catering)
18 3 days x 5 hours 270 Work placement - flexible work pattern and hours to suit trainees and workplace managers
Level 1 and Level 2 functional skills qualifications for Maths and English
Complete employability qualification level
1 3 days x 5 hours 15 Review and evaluation

To find out more and refer a young person on either of these programmes:


The Traineeship Team will provide ongoing support for the young person in the curriculum elements, pastoral issues, career planning and researching opportunities.

Traineeship bursaries

A weekly training bursary is available to those that meet the eligibility requirements and will be discussed on an individual basis.

After the Traineeship is over

All trainees will be offered a guaranteed interview at the end of the work placement, if possible for a job or an apprenticeship that has become available. If there is no available post, a formal exit interview will be given with meaningful written feedback that will help the young person to practice and prepare for future opportunities.

Benefits of a Trainee

The Council has fantastic support from its departments to support Traineeships and are fortunate to also receive fantastic support from external partners who offer a range of placements, such as Amey, Totton Tennis Centre, Balfour Beatty and more.

Having a Trainee is at no cost to a department or organisation, but does take some time and support. It gives the Trainee invaluable experience, whilst providing the employer with some business support and a chance to help improve that young person’s life chances.

This initiative is offered as a key element of the Council’s Hampshire Youth Investment Programme commitment, as a major employer in Hampshire, to offer young people opportunities to develop the skills and experience to enter the workplace.

Evidence shows that young people leaving care tend to be more disadvantaged when trying to find employment due to low skills, poor education, health issues and little awareness of employability skills and the labour market.

Traineeship Plus will fit with the new requirement for young people to stay in education or training until the end of the year in which they reach 18.

How to organise a Trainee Plus placement

Hampshire Futures has received overwhelming support from departments, managers and organisations in offering placements to trainees in the past and would now ask you to consider offering a four month work experience placement to a young person on the new programme. The start date for new cohorts are September and March.

If you are interested in offering a placement please advise your Departmental Co-ordinator.

Principles for good quality work placements
  • Choice and relevance – Placement matched to the trainee’s areas of interest and aspiration, with young people undertaking high quality work experience rather than observation or mundane tasks
  • Organisational readiness – Commitment from senior managers or supporting manager and a low ratio of trainees to experienced staff
  • Good preparation – Thorough pre-placement preparation by the provider, employer and prospective trainee and an understanding of young people’s circumstances that may affect their workplace behaviour
  • Written agreement – Made between the trainee, employer and provider, which sets out mutual expectations and commitments, including the training plan and arrangements for reviews
  • A planned placement – A structured induction, clear objectives and integrated off-the-job training, with an identified mentor or buddy
  • Feedback and review – Regular constructive feedback from managers

For more information contact

Application form

Traineeships Plus application form (Word)

Traineeships Plus application form (PDF)