What’s a traineeship... and is it for you?

What’s a traineeship... and is it for you?

Can't get a job without some experience? It's an age-old problem, but the good news is it can be solved – with a traineeship! The National Apprenticeship Service has stepped in on plotr's behalf to give you the lowdown...

GET PREPPED FOR THE WORLD OF WORK!

Can't get a job without some experience? It's an age-old problem, but the good news is it can be solved – with a traineeship! The National Apprenticeship Service has stepped in on plotr's behalf to give you the lowdown...

What’s a traineeship?

Traineeships launched across England last year. They're designed to unlock your potential and help you with the maths, English and work experience skills you need to get an apprenticeship or other job. 

The idea is to help you get ready for the world of work and prepare you for your future career. 

A traineeship lasts anything from six weeks to six months and will be tailored to fit your individual needs. It will include: 

  • Work preparation training. This ensures you have the skills and confidence to take the first step in your career, such as completing an apprenticeship.
  • Maths and English support to give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace.
  • Meaningful work experience lasting from six weeks to five months. This gives you insight into the world of work and makes you more attractive to potential employers.

What are the benefits of a traineeship?

A traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or other job by:

  • Giving you the opportunity to build your CV and get valuable experience with local and national employers. Most (74%) of employers say work experience is critical or significant to them when recruiting.
  • Improving your English and maths skills. These boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long-term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime.
  • Placing employers at their centre, so you get the skills you need to secure a job and do well once you’re in it. Giving you a reference and the chance to practise interview skills with the company, or a job interview if a role becomes available.

Will you get paid?

Work placements are unpaid, but employers are encouraged to help cover your expenses such as transport and meals. Depending on your circumstances, you might get financial support from your training organisation, too. All training costs are funded by the government.

Is a traineeship right for you?

Traineeships offer you an ideal opportunity to get the skills and experience that employers are looking for. If you’ve been applying for apprenticeships and not getting anywhere, you might want to give a traineeship a go. 

You could be suitable for a traineeship if you are:

  • Unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience
  • Motivated to work
  • Aged 16-18 and qualified below Level 3 (equivalent to two or more A-level passes) or aged 19-23 and qualified below full Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C). 

A traineeship is probably not right for you if you:

  • Already have the skills and experience you need to find an apprenticeship or a job
  • Are aged 24 or over (unless you are subject to learning difficulty assessments and are aged 16-24)
  • Are already in a job.

How do you find a traineeship?

Once you’ve decided that a traineeship is the right route for you, there are three options available:

  • Contact your local college or training organisation to see if they offer traineeship opportunities. Or look for a list of eligible organisations
  • Some traineeship opportunities, particularly with large national employers, are advertised regularly on the National Apprenticeship Service website
  • If you’re on Jobseeker’s Allowance or other benefits, speak to your Jobcentre Plus adviser.

Still unsure?

If you want to discuss your education and career options, contact the National Careers Service. They’ll give you free advice and won’t try to sway you either way. Call them on 0800 100 900.

Alternatively, visit apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600 to find out how traineeships can help you get ready for work.

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