Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young, motivated people to get a job or an apprenticeship when they lack the skills and experience employers are looking for.
They are designed to help young people aged 16 to 24. A traineeship unlocks the great potential of individuals and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. These are usually unpaid, or the trainee is paid a subsistence allowance.
The length of a traineeship lasts from 12 weeks to 6 months. The duration of the course will depend on the level of training required to upskill the trainee.
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. At the end of the traineeship, each young person significantly increases their chances of getting an interview if a role becomes available.
Benefits of a traineeship
- A traineeship will put you in a more competitive position for an apprenticeship or job.
- Traineeships give you the opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience with regional and national employers
- Improving your English and Maths skills will boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long-term prospects and earning-potential over your lifetime
- Employers are at the centre of traineeships to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment
- Having a qualification and experience within an industry makes you an appealing candidate for any positions you apply for following your traineeship.
- During a traineeship programme you have the same rights as all other employees in the workplace.
- Above all, you will have gained valuable skills and experience within the specific working environment. By demonstrating your abilities in a traineeship, you are showing employers you have what it takes to succeed in a job or apprenticeship.
What to expect from a traineeship
High quality work placements
You will learn what’s expected of you in the workplace and develop links with employers. The work placement element to your traineeship will help to broaden your CV when applying for future positions.
One unique aspect of the traineeship option is that it allows for flexibility. Your employers and mentors will tailor the training to your requirements, so you can get the most out of your traineeship. You will be trained in other relevant areas to help you get work-ready, such as job hunting techniques, interview skills, time keeping and teamwork skills.
What happens after a Traineeship?
Entry requirements for traineeships
To be eligible for involvement in a traineeship programme, you’ll need to meet a few essential requirements:
You must be eligible to work in the UK
You need to be unemployed and have little or no work experience
Applicants must be aged between 16-24 have no qualifications above GCSE level (or equivalent)
If you’re unsure whether you are suitable for a traineeship, contact your local college or training provider to see if you meet the requirements.
Ways in which businesses can also benefit from Traineeships
- A trainee can provide extra support to existing teams during busy periods
- All traineeships costs are met by Government funding
- Traineeships will allow businesses to shape the skills and experience of young people from the local community, helping the business to develop a loyal and talented workforce, whilst simultaneously supporting the community
- Working with trainees will give established staff members the chance to develop their skills in mentoring and coaching young people.
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