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Apprenticeships after COVID-19
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Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Kickstart…what’s right for me?
Written by Oisin Fahim
on March 04, 2021

Feeling unsure of which 16-24 year old training programme to integrate as part of your organisation's recruitment and development? Well this breakdown may help you decide.

Here at Hawk Training, we’ve been supporting individuals and organisations through our well-renowned apprenticeship programmes for over 30 years and we continue to do so with great pride and enthusiasm to this very day.

So what is an apprenticeship?


More and more employers are using apprenticeship programmes to build their talent pipeline, upskill their workforce and enhance succession planning.

Our apprenticeship programmes are available for:

  • Existing employees who require upskilling in the workplace to support progression in their role
  • New entrants to the workplace looking for an apprenticeship opportunity, a job that combines an apprenticeship training programme as part of the terms of employment.

To understand more about our apprenticeships, click here.

Then comes traineeships…

In the past we’ve also delivered traineeship programmes and following recent additional government funding, we’re excited to be re-introducing them as part of our provision, targeted at 19-24-year-olds.

So what is a traineeship and how can it help support my business? This video will provide some answers:

Click here for more information about our traineeship programme and discover how it can help support your organisation.

Last but not least, comes the government’s latest kickstart scheme.

The kickstart scheme was introduced to tackle youth unemployment in the wake of the pandemic, which essentially provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. Click here to find out more.

But what are the main differences between a traineeship and kickstart I hear you say? Well, this table should shed some light on which scheme is more suitable for your organisation:

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We hope this has helped provide some clarity but if you are an organisation or individual interested in any of these programmes, then please do not hesitate to get touch with our friendly advisors who are always on hand for support and guidance. Contact us on 020 8891 0992 or email

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