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What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is an education and training programme which incorporates work experience, preparing young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work-ready’.
Designed for 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.
A traineeship has three core elements:

- A high-quality work experience placement with an employer.
- Work preparation training, provided by the training organisation.
- English and Maths support, if required, provided by the training organisation.
Traineeships last anything up to a maximum of 6 months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual. Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement and traineeships are exempt from the Minimum Wage. Young people taking part in traineeships will be undertaking education and training and some may qualify for financial support. The government is encouraging employers to provide trainees with financial support to meet their travel or meal costs, but not all employers will comply.

Traineeships: overview for young people

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people aged between 16 to 24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other position due to a lack of skills and experience are most likely be good candidates for a traineeship.
Traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on find a traineeship.
Traineeships and overview for employers
The flexibility of traineeships offers employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits for their sector.
To find out more about offering traineeships and the benefits they can bring to a business, contact the National Apprenticeship Service.
The National Apprenticeship Service offers free, impartial advice and support to employers. This includes simplifying the process of finding a trainee through the support of employer focused teams and find a traineeship, where employers can advertise their opportunities for free.

Flexible training

You will be trained in other relevant areas to help you get work-ready, such as job search and interview skills, time-keeping and team working. One unique aspect to the traineeship option is that it allows for flexibility: your employers and mentors will tailor the training to your requirements, so you can get the most out of the time you spend doing your traineeship. It’s up to employers and training providers how these different elements of the programme are delivered, and they can be tailored to your needs and the needs of the local economy.

Study in English and Maths (if applicable)

If you need up-skilling in some of the basics, a traineeship will do that for you making you more employable. Employers value English and Maths very highly furthermore they are seen as essential skills.

When your traineeship is complete

At the end of your traineeship, if there is a job or apprenticeship vacancy with the work placement, you should receive an interview. If there isn’t a job or apprenticeship opportunity at that time, you will receive an exit interview with the employer who provided the work placement. In this interview, you can discuss what you have learned, and how it might help you with things like updating your CV and getting into a job or an apprenticeship.