A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 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 below Level 3

You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.

You’ll get:

  • a work experience placement
  • help with English and maths (if you need it)

You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

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Before you start

You can use the service to search for traineeships but you need to register if you want to apply for traineeships.

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Get advice

Contact the National Careers Service for advice.

If you’re receiving benefits, contact Jobcentre Plus to check if the traineeship will affect your claim.