A structured program, usually for a nominal duration of twelve months or more, which is available either on a part-time or full-time basis, and generally in non-trade related areas. A traineeship is a valuable first step to a rewarding career – but trainees are not the only ones to benefit. By taking on trainees, employers have the opportunity to develop a well trained, versatile and multi-skilled workforce. Financial incentives and access to flexible training arrangements are available to meet the needs of business and the trainee. Financial incentives are available to eligible employers to encourage them to take on a trainee. On successful completion of the traineeship the trainee gains a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to further study or employment.