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A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that can last between 6 weeks and 6 months, depending on how long you need. It is all about getting you ready to be able to go into work or an apprenticeship.

Traineeships are available in specific job areas such as retail, warehousing, care and IT.

They may be run by an employer, a training provider or college.

They are a great way to gain skills and experience that employers are looking for.

The programme is likely to include:

  • Maths and English [especially if you haven't got GCSE in these subjects already]
  • Experiencing the world of work through a high quality work experience placement 
  • Work related modules relevant to the job. eg Manual handling qualification for warehouse work.
  • Preparation for work, including help applying for jobs and a guaranteed interview with your employer at the end.

What's the benefit of a traineeship?

Who are they for?

  • If you are 16 - 24 years old
  • If you don't have much work experience and are not sure which apprenticeship would suit you.
  • If you do not have a Level 3 qualification eg A Levels or BTEC
  • If you are currently not in education, work or training.
  • If you are motivated to get into work or an apprenticeship

Will you get paid?

Employers are not required to pay you for taking part in a traineeship but may support you with expenses such as childcare, transport and meals. The work placement is a real opportunity to gain meaningful work experience. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be able to access financial support from your training provider, for example travel and childcare costs or if you need extra support due to a disability.

What are the benefits of a Traineeship?

  • A Traineeship will give you the chance to try out a job and gain real work experience with an employer for up to 6 months.
  • If you don't have many qualifications - it will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths skills too.
  • You will get a written reference, a certificate of completion and depending on how you get on you may get an interview with the company for an apprenticeship or job role.

How do you find a Traineeship?

If you think a Traineeship could be the right route for you:

  • Register and search for Traineeship opportunities advertised on Find a traineeship.
  • Contact your local college to see if they are offering traineeships

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