What is a traineeship?

Traineeships are an opportunity for young people to gain real work experience, job skills and improve their English and maths, if needed.

At its core are a high- quality work experience placement, work preparation training and English and maths if needed

Traineeships give young people aged 16 to 24 the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them to boost their careers prospects with an apprenticeship or other employment in the future.

The duration of the traineeship programme is for a minimum of six weeks and can last up to a maximum of six months with the content tailored to the individual’s needs including:

  • A work experience placement of 100 hours minimum (which ensures young people are ready and have the confidence to take the first step in their career, securing a job and to succeed in employment.
  • Work preparation training focusing on activities to help the learner progress to an apprenticeship or other employment. You must connect it to the learner’s employability needs and it may cover aspects such as writing CVs, interview preparation job searching and interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Maths and English support, if needed, to help them get the skills they need to boost their career prospects

Learning providers and employers are able to add flexible additional elements to the content of the traineeship to meet the labour market and the young person’s personal needs.

Who are traineeships for?

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people aged 16-24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skill and experience that employers are looking for.

Suitable candidates would be those young people who have been unsuccessful when applying for a job or apprenticeship.


Trainee Table

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