• What is a traineeship programme?

    Last updated 27-05-2016
    Information provided by National Apprenticeships Service

    If you're looking for a job but you're low on skills and experience, a traineeship might be just what you need.

    Traineeships are for people aged 16-24 and they're particularly suitable for those who need a boost to their job-hunting prospects.

    Doing a traineeship takes up to six months and during that time you'll learn what you need to help you in your career. The main things you'll cover are English and maths qualifications, work preparation training and a work experience placement. It all helps you get the skills and experience you need to find an apprenticeship or other job in the future.

    What is a traineeship? Video by the National Apprenticeship Service.

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    What are the benefits of a traineeship?

    Employers expect a certain level of knowledge and experience from their staff. Traineeships have been developed to lend a hand to young people who need help in reaching that level.

    Traineeships can provide you with the following benefits:

    • You get work preparation training, which will put you in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or other job

    • There's maths and English support, so you can get your skills up to scratch as well as improving your long-term prospects and lifetime earning potential.

    • You'll be able to build your CV with quality work experience, as well as learning more about the business and industry you're working in.

    • Employers are at the centre of the work-preparation training, so you can be confident you will be ‘work ready’ and prepared to take the first step in starting your career.

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

    Are you paid for traineeships?

    Employers are not required to pay you for taking part in a traineeship but they may support you with expenses such as transport and meals. The main aim of the work placement is to gain meaningful work experience.

    Depending on your individual 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.

    Useful traineeship links

    Are traineeships for me?

    Traineeships fact sheet

    Latest traineeship opportunities

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