What expenses can I claim on a traineeship?

  • Last updated 24 Oct 2016


Unfortunately employers are not required to pay you for taking part in a traineeship, but they may support you with expenses such as transport and meals.

This means you will need to keep receipts of everything you buy in relation to travel to and from work (or to work related meetings and events), as well as receipts for meals you buy during work hours. 

Most employers will have their own expense-claiming processes, but it will most likely be that each week or months (or at the end of your traineeship) – depending on how long your traineeship is – you fill out an expenses form, detailing exactly what you have bought, what stations you were traveling to/from, along with the date of purchase. 

You will then have to supply receipts to evidence this expenditure, and if it all matches up with what you have entered on the expenses form, you will be reimbursed. For full-time employees this is usually made by bank transfer, but on a traineeship it might be in the form of a cheque or cash. 

Depending on your individual circumstances you may be able to access financial support from your training provider, through the 16-19 Bursary Fund or the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund.

All training costs are funded by the Government.

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