Who are traineeships for?

We have Traineeships available for young people aged 16-24.

The core target group for traineeships will be young people who:

  • are not currently in a job and have little work experience, but who are focused on work or the prospect of it;
  • are 16-193 and qualified below Level 3 or 19-24 and have not yet achieved a full Level 24;
  • providers and employers believe have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a traineeship.

Traineeships are not intended for:

  • the most disengaged young people, who require very intensive support;
  • those who already have the skills and experience needed to start an apprenticeship or find work;
  • those already in a job.

Is a Traineeship for me?

This document is intended to help you decide whether you might be a suitable candidate for a Traineeship. It also includes advice on how to get onto a Traineeship and where to go for more information.

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 last anything from six weeks to a maximum of six months with the content tailored to your individual needs, including:

− Work preparation training which ensures you are ready and have the confidence to take the first step in your career, such as an Apprenticeship.

− English and maths1 support to help give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace.

− A meaningful work experience placement which provides insight and experience of the world of work.

What are the benefits of a Traineeship?

− A Traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or another job.

− The opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience

with local and national employers.

− Improving your English and maths skills will boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long-term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime.

− Employers are at the centre of Traineeships to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment.

− At the end of the work experience placement, you’ll get a job interview with the company if a role becomes available or a reference and an exit interview.

Will I be paid? Work experience placements are unpaid, but employers are encouraged to support expenses such as transport and meals and depending on your circumstances you may be able to access financial support from your training provider, through the 16-19 Bursary Fund or the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund. All training costs are funded by the Government. Is a Traineeship right for me?

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but who lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. If you have been unsuccessfully applying for Apprenticeships due to a lack of skills and experience then you might be a good candidate for a Traineeship. You could be suitable for a Traineeship if you:

− are unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience;

− are motivated to work;

− are aged 16 – 18 inclusive and are qualified below Level 3 OR are aged 19 – 23 inclusive and are qualified below full Level 22

A Traineeship is probably not right for you if you:

− already have the skills and experience needed to find an Apprenticeship or work;

− are aged 24 plus (unless you are subject to Learning Difficulty Assessments and are aged 16 or over and under 25)

− are already in a job