What is a Traineeship?

Traineeships are designed to help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience. You can apply for a traineeship if you’re eligible to work in England; unemployed with little or no work experience; and aged 16 to 24 (with an Education Health and Care Plan) and qualified below Level 3.

74% of employers cite ‘experience’ as being an important factor when recruiting, but only 38% of young people feel ready for the workplace. Traineeships will provide essential knowledge and experience, making young people more employable and ensuring businesses develop the skilled workforces they need.

What's involved?

Designed for young people aged 16–24, who want to find work but who lack the necessary education or skills, Traineeships offer work preparation training, including Maths and English if you don’t have GCSE 9 – 4 (A* – C), with work experience provided by an employer. They last from six weeks to six months, with the ‘preparation’ element giving you the skills and confidence needed for an apprenticeship, further education, higher education or employment, and the work experience giving you an insight into the world of work.

Traineeships are developed to meet business needs, ensuring employers have the workforce needed for success. Traineeships are run by training providers but employers play a role in tailoring the programme to meet their needs.

Employers don’t pay you during your work placement however, financial support may be available please click the link below.

List of current Traineeship vacancies Nationwide

Traineeship Officer