Traineeships provide focused training in a specific (usually technical, production or managerial) role to an individual or a number of individuals over a longer period of time,usually about 12 months full-time, and can be organised by an individual employer or a training provider.
Trainees are recruited according to talent and demonstrative passion for the industry displayed through extra-curricular activities, rather than through qualifications alone. Individuals should receive high quality training from an experienced member of staff, and follow a structured personal development plan with regular appraisals. Equally, trainees should have the opportunity to gain a significant amount of practical experience in the workplace, under the supervision of their trainer.
Trainees should have a contract of employment for the duration of their placement that clearly sets out the terms of their engagement, including the responsibilities of both the trainer and the trainee. Trainees should work full-time with a working week of up to 40 hours and should be offered a starting salary commensurate with the nature and location of their role. At the end of the contract individuals are either offered positions within the organisation or are at least in a position to be able to compete for jobs in their chosen field.
Whilst traineeships are usually undertaken by those that are no longer in education or those that already have experience of working either within the industry or in another industry, they can also be undertaken by students as part of a course. In this case, traineeships can be full or part-time depending on the requirements of the provider.