A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that helps to unlock the great potential of young people aged 16 to 24 preparing them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Traineeships are an ideal opportunity if you are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. If you have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience then you might be a good candidate for a traineeship.

 “I undertook a Traineeship because I wanted to get out and actually start working, but unfortunately I had no qualifications or work experience. For me the Traineeship programme was the best option to start me out in working life and to get some work experience to hopefully help me out for my future.” “I found the Traineeship programme really good and helpful. It is really helping with my maths and English too. The placement is really good and I am learning how to use Makaton sign language. The placement has definitely made me grow in confidence.” 

“Jade has developed into a team player and she understands the complex needs of the pupils.”
Hillside School speaking about Jade McDonald

Read more about Carly's story on her Traineeship with Havebury Housing Partnership here.

Traineeships have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Traineeships will help to tackle this problem, while benefiting you in the following ways:

  • Work preparation training will put you in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or other job.
  • Maths and English support to help give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed to boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime.
  • The opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience with local and national employers, where you are able to learn about the business and the industry it operates in.
  • Employers are at the centre of the work preparation training which ensures you are ‘work ready’ and have the confidence to take the first step to securing a job and starting your career.
  • At the end of your work experience placement you’ll get a job interview with the company if a role becomes available or a reference and an exit interview.
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