Our traineeship programme really works, we support young people to get the skills, qualifications and experience they need to secure a sustainable outcome. But this success is only possible thanks to our partnerships with employers offering work experience placements and apprenticeship opportunities to help young people change their future.

Read on to find out more about the types of opportunities you can support us with, or if you already know how you’d like to support and want to speak to someone, please contact Trusha Patel on 07720 683997 or email partnership@citygateway.org.uk

/   work experience placements

Central to our Traineeship programme is the work experience placement, offering young people the opportunity to experience the workplace while at the same time giving the employer the opportunity to work alongside young people who could go on to become a pivotal part of their workforce.

Benefits to employers

Offering a work experience placement gives employers the chance to:

  • get to know and work with a young person to see if they’re right for an apprenticeship or job in their business
  • design a programme that suits the needs of the trainee and their business
  • develop current employees’ experience in training and mentoring
  • recruit new talent for their business

/   hire an apprentice

If you take on an apprentice who is aged 16-18, or aged 19 to 25 years old and has an education, health and care (EHC) plan or has been in the care of their local authority, you may be able to claim £1,000 which can be spent on any costs associated with supporting an apprentice in the workplace. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. Click here to find out more about the eligibility.

Our Business Administration apprenticeship can fulfil several job roles ranging from Finance Assistants, Admin Assistants and Office Juniors through to Receptionists, Customer Service Assistants and Accounts Administrators.

How it works

  • You will get to interview the young person before they start so you have full control over the placement recruitment process.
  • The young person will be fully supported by their assessor who will monitor their attendance, punctuality, and performance through regular welfare visits.
  • The young person would be attending work four days per week with one day per week set aside for off the job training.
  • The salary can be set by you – as a minimum, as of April 2024, it will need to be between £6.40 (the apprenticeship min wage) and £8.60 (National minimum wage for 18-20-year-olds) though we do encourage employers to pay above minimum apprenticeship wage, and an increase in salary after a year if they continue in employment.
  • You get fresh ideas from a diverse portfolio of young people that can help revitalise your business.

For more information on how apprentices can boost your workforce, please contact Trusha Patel on 07720 683997 or email partnership@citygateway.org.uk

We’ve produced a guide with the aim of helping our employers – small and large and from across all sectors – provide effective support for apprentices aged 16-24.

The guide outlines steps employers can take to make their recruitment practices accessible for young people, gives examples of on-the-job support for young apprentices in the workplace, and provides information on sources of additional funding which employers can use to support young apprentices.