A stepping stone towards an Apprenticeship.

The Traineeship programme is a work experience opportunity with a local company to provide you with the skills and experience you need to get an Apprenticeship. Alongside your high quality work placement, a Training Provider will support you in developing the vital skills that employers look for. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to write impressive job applications to prove your abilities at interview and secure your Apprenticeship.

Traineeships are designed for young people aged between 16 and 24, who are qualified below Level 3 (including A Levels, BTEC National Extended Diploma and NVQ Level 3 etc.) and who want the opportunity to gain some valuable work experience.

If you fit this description and you are eager to start your career, then a Training Provider will assess you to establish if the Traineeship is the right path for you.

A Traineeship is a significant step towards a fruitful and enjoyable career.
Once you have completed your Traineeship, you will have gained the skills, abilities and experience to gain an Apprenticeship. You will also receive meaningful, constructive feedback and a reference you can use for future job applications.

Once complete, your work placement employer may offer you an Apprenticeship or other paid role within the company.

There is no cost to taking part in a Traineeship.

Taking part in a Traineeship should also not affect you claiming for benefits, even if the training exceeds 16 hours a week.

Traineeships are bespoke to your needs and those of your work placement setting. Your Training Provider will work closely with you to structure your Traineeship and make sure that you both get the best out of the programme. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months).

There are many different routes into a career and the route you take largely depends on your own current skills, experience, learning methods and aspirations. Many young people find that the academic route of A Levels and University is not an appropriate route into a career for a number of reasons. The Apprenticeship route may be more suitable. However, getting an Apprenticeship is not always as easy as it sounds.

A Traineeship acts as a step before an Apprenticeship to build on your work experience and gain the crucial skills that employers look for when hiring. You will also receive support in enhancing your CV, writing strong job applications and developing interview skills.

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.