Guidance

Traineeships

Traineeships are designed to 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 can last up to a maximum of 6 months and will include:

  • work preparation training provided by the training organisation
  • English and maths support if required, provided by the training organisation
  • a high-quality work experience placement with an employer

In addition to these basic elements, the employer and the training provider can add flexible additional content to meet the needs of the business and the local labour market.

At the end of the traineeship, each young person will be guaranteed a job interview if a role becomes available or an exit interview together with meaningful written feedback to help them secure an apprenticeship or employment with another employer.

Traineeships: overview for young people

Is a traineeship for me?

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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.

Traineeships: overview for employers

Traineeship referral sheet: employers

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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.

Traineeships: overview for training providers

Traineeship referral sheet – providers

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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.

Published 19 October 2017