Traineeships: young people

Information to help you decide whether you might be suitable, and advice on how to get onto a traineeship.


Is a traineeship for me?

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Pavin Kalher, Trainee at Jaguar Land Rover

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience. It is designed to give young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

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.

It has 3 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.

To find out more about traineeships download the factsheet above, contact your local training organisation or if you are in receipt of benefits you should speak to your Jobcentre Plus adviser.

Traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on find a traineeship.

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