Traineeships – Learner FAQs

What is a traineeship?


A traineeship is training programme for 16-24 year olds that combines education, pre-employment skills and work experience. It’s a great way for young people to kick-start their careers, unlock their potential and gain valuable experience in the working world.



How can a traineeship benefit me?


A traineeship offers many benefits to young people, such as:


  • Gain knowledge and skills relevant to the industry sector you want to work in
  • Gain valuable work experience and a reference which can make you stand out in the competitive job market when applying for apprenticeships or job
  • Develop your pre-employment skills, such as CV writing, interview techniques and application writing
  • Work for a company that is willing to invest their time and resources mentoring a young, unexperienced person – there’s a strong possibility of a job or apprenticeship at the end of the traineeship
  • Maths and English support if necessary to get your numeracy and literacy skills up to the levels expected by employers
  • Work experience will give you improved confidence to take the next step towards employment, and the company providing the traineeship will make sure you are ‘work ready’ for that job role
  • Develop an understanding of how the business type or industry sector you want to pursue a career in works and find out if it’s the right kind of work for you
  • ‘Try before you buy’ – traineeships provide the opportunity for both the trainee and the employer to see if it’s a good fit



Am I eligible for a traineeship?


You are eligible for a traineeship if you are:


  • Aged 16-24
  • Currently unemployed, or if over 19 be working fewer than 16 hours a week
  • Have little or no work experience
  • Not in full or part time education
  • Qualified below level 3



Will I get paid on a traineeship?


Employers are not required to pay people on a traineeship, but they will generally cover expenses such as food and transport costs.



Do I have to pay anything for a traineeship?


Traineeships are fully funded by the government so you do not have to pay for any of the training.



What will a traineeship involve?


Because a traineeship is flexible, each programme can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the individual and the company you will be working for. Generally, your time will be split between the work placement, where you will develop the practical skills and knowledge relevant to the job role you are working in, and a training centre where you can enhance your work preparation skills, such as CV writing and interview techniques. If required you can also participate in English, Maths and IT courses to improve your employability. For the work placement segment of the traineeship, you will have a dedicated mentor who will help you and provide constructive feedback on a regular basis.



How long does a traineeship last?


A traineeship can last anywhere up to a maximum of 6 months and must include at least 100 days of work experience.



What happens at the end of a traineeship?


At the end of the traineeship you will have acquired the skills, knowledge and confidence to take the next step on the employment ladder, whether this is applying for an apprenticeship or looking at going straight into employment.

Your work experience placement will offer you an interview for a job or an apprenticeship if they have a position available, and if not they will conduct an exit interview, provide you with detailed written feedback and be available as a reference for your future job applications.