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If you are aged 16 to 24 (or 25 with an Education and Health Care Plan) and you don’t have the skills or work experience you need for a job or apprenticeship, a traineeship could be your next step.

A traineeship is designed to help you gain the work based skills and experience you need to progress into an apprenticeship, job or further education. As part of the traineeship you’ll receive high-quality training, complete a work experience placement, and receive CV and job application support.

Available to:

Those with a level 3 qualification or below (equivalent to A levels, T Levels, BTECs or a higher technical diploma)


6 weeks to 1 year, but most last less than 3-months.

Age restriction:

16-24 (or 25 if you have an EHCP)

Course type:

On-the-job, Short courses



How to apply:

Find a Traineeship to browse current vacancies or contact a traineeship provider

What can it lead to:

At the end of the traineeship, you will have the skills and experience you need to progress to an apprenticeship, apply for a job, or go into further education. 

About the traineeship:

Traineeships are available in a range of different sectors, such as construction, digital, health care or hair and beauty.

As part of a traineeship, you will:

  • Complete a work experience placement with an employer (of at least 70 hours)
  • Get high-quality training needed for your work placement
  • Receive support and guidance on your CV and job applications
  • Complete an exit interview at the end of your placement to receive guidance and feedback about your performance
  • Receive additional English, maths and digital support (if required)

You may have to cover day-to-day costs like travel. The work placement is unpaid.

How to Apply:

  • Find a traineeship to browse and apply for current vacancies
  • Or contact a training provider near you using the traineeship providers list
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