Traineeships are designed to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to get an apprenticeship or job.

Traineeships’ is a new scheme for young people between 18 and 24 who want to work, but who need extra support to secure an apprenticeship or job. Traineeships will give young people the chance to develop their skills and gain the workplace experience that employers need.

Employers are concerned that young people often lack the right skills when they apply for a position. According to UKCES (UK Commission for Employment and Skills), only 24% of employers recruited young people directly from education in the past 2-3 years.

Traineeships offer extensive work placements and work skills training, alongside support to improve English and maths skills.

Traineeships are comprised of three components:

A traineeship is ideal if you are motivated and want to gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

  • A high-quality work experience placement
  • Work preparation training
  • English and Maths if needed.

All young people undertaking a Traineeship will be required to study English and maths unless they have achieved a GCSE A*-C or equivalent in those subjects.

Developed with employers, Traineeships will last anything from 6 weeks to a maximum of 6 months. Employers will be at the centre of Traineeships, running or designing the programme and offering work placements. Employers are not required to pay the trainees, but they are encouraged to provide support with expenses such as transport and meals.

Suitable for Traineeships:

  • Motivated to work.
  • Unemployed, or work fewer than 16 hours per week and have little work experience.
  • Aged between 16-24 and have no qualifications above GCSE or equivalent

Unsuitable for Traineeships:

  • Already have the skills/experience needed to start an Apprenticeship or enter employment
  • Aged 24+ (unless they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25)
  • Already in a job

If you have no work experience on your cv, or you’d like to get a taster of a particular job or industry, you might like to consider Work Experience first.

Next Step:

  1. Some traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on Find a Traineeship on GOV.UK.
  2. Additionally, contact your local college or training provider to see if they are offering traineeship opportunities.
  3. If you are in receipt of benefits you should speak to your Jobcentre Plus adviser.

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