What Does Fair Train Do?

Fair Train promotes Work Based Learning in five key areas: work experience; study programme/T-Level placements; traineeships; internships; volunteering (when aimed an increasing employability); and apprenticeships.

Founded in 2009, Fair Train was awarded a UKCES/GIF grant three years later to undertake an Employer’s Pathway project which led to the creation of the Work Experience Quality Standard. This is an accreditation and step-by-step “how to” guide which has now been adopted by more than 500 organisations – employers, learning/training providers and facilitators. 

Based on the data submitted for the year August 2018 - July 2019 by organisations accredited with Fair Train's national Work Experience Quality Standard, they had supported

2,318 learners to gain employment and: 

88,496 learners spent

624,053 days on work experience

7,518 learners progressed to further education

15,548 learners achieved

a qualification

1,403 progressed to a Traineeship,

Internship or Apprenticeship

In another role, as the GTA (Group Training Association) for the Voluntary and Community Sector, Fair Train acts as the voice of the sector, maintaining strong links with a wide range of organisations across it and within local and national government. A recent example of our activity in this sphere is our response, which reflects members’ views, to Department for Education’s Consultation on the implementation of T-Levels. Please click below to read this response.

Fair Train (Feb 2018)

We created Work Experience Week in 2013 which, in 2017, became a highly successful Work Experience Month. It was an opportunity to raise the profile and celebrate the benefits of Work Experience and to encourage young people, employers, providers and facilitators to share their experiences and opportunities through social media and national and local events.


We create and run other events and workshops throughout the year. Find out more on our events page.


To our accredited organisations (i.e. those who have achieved the Work Experience Quality Standard), we provide on-going advice and guidance as well as acces to a suite of resources and templates which are invaluable to their delivering of high quallity Work Based Learning in all its forms.

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