If your son or daughter is aged 16-24 and does not meet the requirements for an apprenticeship, they can apply for a traineeship. A traineeship is an education and training programme, with work experience. It differs from an apprenticeship in that it only lasts up to 6 months, candidates are not paid, and they are not required to gain any specific qualifications.

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The real aim of a traineeship is to give a young person the skills and experience they will need to build a successful future career. The hope is that, following a traineeship, they will be better equipped to progress onto an apprenticeship, or further education. Currently, lots of young talent is slipping through the net because they do not understand the application process or have the skills necessary for the workplace, and traineeships were created in the hopes of avoiding this.


The Programme:

There are three main elements to a traineeship: 

  1. Work Preparation Training: this may include include CV writing, interview preparation, skills development and local business and sector information.
  2. English and Maths Support, where required.
  3. A High-Quality Work Experience Placement, of at least 100 hours.

Aside from this, traineeships can include flexible additional content, which could take the form of a vocational qualification.


Finding a Traineeship:

The best way to find a traineeship is through the government’s apprenticeships website or through your local school or college.  

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