A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.
You may be a suitable traineeships candidate if:
- If you are aged between 16 and 24 years old and are currently unemployed, or you work 16 hours or less per week and you have little previous work experience
- If you are motivated and keen to get into the workplace to begin building a career
- If you are a school leaver aged 16 - 18 (inclusive) and are qualified below Level 3 (equivalent of 2 A levels at Grades A-C) OR are aged 19 - 23 inclusive and are qualified below full Level 2 (5 GCSEs Grades A-C)
- Think you will be ready for employment within 6 months of completing a traineeship.
- Work placement - Traineeships involve a work placement that last 6 weeks. The work experience you receive is carefully structured to suit both your individual needs and the needs of the company you are working for. This will usually be discussed between you, the company and the training provider
- Mentoring and feedback – You will be assigned a mentor, and feedback will be given so that you can both monitor your progress
What next ? – Progression routes
Once you have finished your traineeship you can progress onto an apprenticeship.
- Traineeships are funded by the Skills Funding Agency who require prospective apprentices to meet an eligibility criteria. To become apprentice, an individual
- Must be unemployed
- Cannot be receiving funding for any other training
- Must satisfy one of the following:
- UK Citizen; or EU National; or EEA migrant worker who has been in the EU for past three years; or ‘Settled Status’ – i.e. resident in the UK for at least three years; or Spouse of UK citizen or person with settled status who has been both married and resident in the UK for one year Permanent UK National Insurance Number