Further education and skills – collection


Traineeships are designed help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience.

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Designed to help young 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.

Traineeships: overview for employers

The flexibility of traineeships offers employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high quality future recruits for your 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.

  1. Traineeships: employers

    • Guidance
  2. Traineeships: information for employers and education providers

    • Guidance

Traineeships: overview for young people

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 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 job 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.

  1. Traineeships: young people

    • Guidance

Traineeships: overview for training organisations

Training organisations have a key role in co-ordinating the traineeship, engaging local employers to offer the work experience placements and encourage young people to participate.

The recruitment, delivering training, providing in work support, as well as support beyond the duration of the traineeship can all be delivered by an eligible training organisation.

View and download the traineeships logo, brand guidelines, campaign resources, photographs, videos and case studies in our brand centre.

For all enquiries relating to traineeships please email traineeships@sfa.bis.gov.uk.

  1. Traineeships: training organisations

    • Guidance

Traineeships: overview for careers advisers and intermediaries

Guidance relevant to careers advisers and intermediaries, for example those working within the National Careers Service, Jobcentre Plus, Connexions, local authorities and schools to help determine whether a young person might be a suitable candidate and how to refer an individual to a traineeship.

  1. Traineeships referral sheet: advisers and intermediaries

    • Guidance