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About Traineeships

What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.

Check out the Fact sheet here to see if you are eligible and whether a Traineeship is the correct route for you.

Visit the Apprenticeship vacancies online site to register and find out what work experience placement opportunities are available right now.


What are the benefits of a Traineeship?

  • A Traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or other job.
  • The opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience with local 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.
  • At the end of the work experience placement you’ll get a job interview with the company if a role becomes available or a reference and an exit interview.


How do you find a Traineeship?

Now that you’ve determined that a Traineeship could be the right route for you, there are three options available:

  • Contact your local college or training provider to see if they are offering Traineeship opportunities. A list of providers who are eligible to deliver Traineeships is available here.
  • If you are in receipt of benefits you should speak to your individual Jobcentre Plus adviser.

Last Updated: 04/03/2014

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Case Study

Jake progresses from a Traineeship to an Intermediate Apprenticeship with Virgin Media, says:

"It's been great. My Traineeship has given me the chance to improve my technical skills and show my determination to succeed. The support I have received has been brilliant with regular reviews and updates on my progress".

Jake Huckle, trainee

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