For many young people their apprenticeship is often their first experience of work and for some employers it may be their first experience of employing or deploying apprentices in their business. The Real Solutions Group provides a pre employment/ placement offer to all employers looking to take on an apprentice. At a zero cost to the employer and as part of the recruitment process prospective candidates who form part of a short list are invited to participate in a traineeship. This allows them to gain essential employability skills thorough an initial training programme followed by a work placement at the employer. This provides the opportunity for both the employer and the candidates to " try before they buy". On completion of the traineeship employers will select those that they wish to progress onto an apprenticeship.