What is a Traineeship?

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. At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.

Traineeships are for young people aged 16 to 23 inclusive, or those with a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25, who are motivated to work but who have been unsuccessful in securing an Apprenticeship or another job due to a lack of skills and/or experience.

Young people aged 16-18 and qualified below Level 3 (equivalent to two or more A-Level passes), or those aged 19-23 and qualified below Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C) could be eligible for a Traineeship if they are unemployed, or work fewer than 16 hours per week, and have little work experience.

The age range ‘16-18’ refers to individuals aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the funding year in which they start. The age range ‘19-23’ refers to individuals aged 19 or older on 31 August in the funding year that they start but are not aged 24 or older.

Traineeships are not suitable for those who work more than 16 hours per week, or who have the necessary skills and experience to find work. People aged 24 and over will not be eligible unless they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25.

Young people who are very disengaged will also not be suitable as they require more intensive support. Traineeships are designed for motivated individuals who think they could be ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of engaging in the programme.
For information about Traineeships, visit apprenticeships.org.uk.