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Traineeships

What is a traineeship?

Traineeships are an opportunity to gain real work experience, job skills and improve your English and maths, if needed. The programme can last up to a maximum of six months with the content tailored to your individual career needs. At its core are a high-quality work experience placement, work preparation training, and English and maths if needed.

Traineeships give young people aged 16 to 24 the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping you to boost your careers prospects with an apprenticeship or other employment in the future.

Is it for me?

If you feel that a work based learning programme is for you and are aged 16 to 24 without a full Level 3 qualification, a Traineeship might be for you.

If you have little or no work experience, a Traineeship might be for you.


Being a Trainee means you will be provided with a quality work placement in an employment sector of your choice. You will need to undertake a minimum of 100 hours on placement. You will gain quality work skills and a chance to acquire a Level 2 qualification in employability (if applicable) to aid in your progression and development. Over the course of your placement, you will work with your tutor and placement provider to develop the skills and experience you need to progress and succeed. You will also gain valuable work experience and transferable skills to improve your CV and boost your overall employment chances and aid in your progression on to an Apprenticeship or employment.

Where can it take you?

It will give you the confidence of having operated in a real work environment and you can get your maths and English to the required level. All this is geared towards helping you towards your next goal whether this be an apprenticeship, other work or further education.

What do employers look for?

Employers are at the centre of a traineeship, providing you with the work experience which ensures that you are ‘work ready’ and have the confidence to take the first step towards getting a job and kick starting your career.

Employers won’t expect you to be the finished product – for them, attractive trainees are motivated young people who are committed to learning.