Traineeships are designed for young people aged 16 to 24, who want a job or an apprenticeship ...

... but who aren't yet ready, so need to get some work experience first

A traineeship can last up to six months. Trainees spend at least six weeks on a work placement with an employer. The rest of the time is spent with a training provider learning other work and job hunting skills, and working on English and maths if a grade 4 or C in these subjects at GCSE wasn't achieved. Over half of trainees go on to do an apprenticeship.

Traineeships aren't paid but employers sometimes pay expenses for things like travel and meals. Depending on the circumstances, some young people may get a bursary and their families may continue to get child benefit and child tax credits or part of Universal Credit that is for the trainee. See the lists of local training at Entry Level 1 to Level 1 and 2.




Liam talks about why a traineeship at FareShare in Leeds has worked for him.

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Page updated January 2018

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