What is a Traineeship?
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A Traineeship is an education and training programme which includes work experience. This could help you gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
Traineeships can last anywhere between 6 weeks and 6 months, and will be tailored to your individual needs. The programme is likely to include:
- Preparation for work, including help writing a CVs and preparing for interviews;
- Helping you improve your English and maths (if you need it);
- Experiencing the world of work through a high quality work experience placement which will give you important experience and a valuable reference.
Who are they for?
Traineeships are aimed at:
- Young people who are unemployed or work less than 16 hours a week and don't have much work experience;
- Young people aged 16 – 18 who do not have a Level 3 qualificaton;
- People aged 19 – 23 who do not have a level 2 qualificaton;
- People aged up to 25 with a Learning Difficulty Assesment.
Will you get paid?
Traineeships are unpaid. However some colleges and employers pay a training allowance or may cover other costs such as travel or lunch during your work placement. You might also qualify for financial support, including the 16-19 Bursary Fund.
What are the benefits of a Traineeship?
- A Traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or other job.
- You will be able to build your CV and get vital experience with local and national employers.
- You can get help to improve your English and maths skills which will boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long term prospects and your earning potential.
- Employers will be helping you get the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment.
- You could get a job interview at the end of the work experience placement - if a role becomes available with the company. Even if one doesn't, you’ll get a reference and an exit interview.
How do you find a Traineeship?
If you think a Traineeship could be the right route for you:
- Register for Traineeship opportunities which will be advertised on Find a traineeship.
- Have a look at the 'Finding an apprenticeship' and 'Tips on Applying' for some helpful information.
- Contact your local college or training provider to see if they are offering Traineeship opportunities.
Check out this Factsheet to see if you are eligible and whether a Traineeship is the right route for you.