Traineeships prepare young people for future careers by helping them become work ready. They were introduced in August 2013 for 16-24 year-olds and young people with learning difficulty assessments up to academic age 25. They provide the essential work preparation training, literacy and numeracy skills, and work experience needed to get an apprenticeship or other jobs.
How do they work?
- Traineeships last from six weeks to six months – with content tailored to your individual career needs.
- Work preparation training – only 38% of unemployed young people say they feel ready for the world of work – this training gives you the skills and confidence needed for an apprenticeship or the first step in your career.
- Skills you need to find a job – employers are at the centre of traineeships, so they focus on your skills and future success in employment.
- Maths and English support – developing the skills you need for the workplace and boosting your job prospects, your long-term career progression and earning potential.
- Work experience – 74% of employers say work experience is critical or significant when recruiting – plus you'll get an insight into the world of work, a useful reference and an exit interview (or even a job interview if a role becomes available).
- An improved CV – traineeships give you great experience both practically and on paper.
Is it right for me?
Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job or an apprenticeship, but lack the skills and experience employers are looking for.
It could be suitable if:
- you're unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience
- you're aged 16 to 19 and qualified below level 3 (equivalent to two A levels at grades A to C)
- you're aged 19 to 23 and qualified below level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C)
- you think you'll be ready for employment within six months of starting a Traineeship
It's probably not right if:
- you already have the skills and experience needed to find an apprenticeship or work
- you're already in a job
- you may also want to consider a supported internship