A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.
You can apply if you’re:
- eligible to work in England
- unemployed and have little or no work experience
- aged 16 to 24 and qualified up to and including Level 3 (equivalent to A Level)
You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.
- help with getting work, such as writing a CV and finding a job
- a work placement of 70 hours or more
- help with the skills you’ll need for an apprenticeship or job in the area you want to work in
- a job interview or feedback from an employer
- help with English, maths and basic digital skills (if you need it)
You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.
Before you start
You can use the service to search for traineeships but you need to register if you want to apply for traineeships.
You can log in if you have an account.
Contact the National Careers Service for advice.
If you’re receiving benefits, contact Jobcentre Plus to check if the traineeship will affect your claim.