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WHAT IS
A TRAINEESHIP?

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

A traineeship is ideal if you are motivated and want to gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for. It usually lasts between six weeks and six months.

YOU COULD BE SUITABLE IF YOU ARE:

− 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.


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.

A traineeship can give you the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping you to boost your career prospects.

AT ITS CORE ARE...

− A high-quality work experience placement

− Work preparation training

− English and maths if needed.

WHERE CAN
IT TAKE YOU?

On a traineeship you will learn crucial skills, like teamwork and how to make the right impression.

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.

Employers are not required to pay you for taking part in a traineeship but may support you with expenses such as transport and meals.

The work placement is a real opportunity to gain meaningful work experience. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be able to access financial support from your training provider, for example travel and childcare costs or if you need extra support due to a disability. If you are receiving welfare benefits your Jobcentre may be able to financially support you. Training costs are funded by the Government.

WHAT DO
EMPLOYERS
LOOK FOR?

Show that you’re keen. Ask questions and offer to help as much as possible.

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


NEXT STEPS

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.

GET STARTED

Is a traineeship a good fit for you?

CHECK ELIGIBILITY

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Are you ready to start looking?

FIND A TRAINEESHIP

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