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What are traineeships?

Traineeships are an education and training programme that has work experience built in to help trainees develop their work-based skills.

Who are traineeships for?

Traineeships are for young people whose preference is to find a job or apprenticeship rather than stay in full time education

  • Those ages 16-24
  • Or up to 25 with a Educational Health and Care Plan or Learning Difficulty Assessment
  • Those who are qualified below level 3
  • Young people who may currently lack skills, experience and behaviours to enable them to be successful in finding a job or apprenticeship.

The flexible offer allows young people to continue to learn, with a work-based programme of training designed to help them to develop the skills and experience needed to secure apprenticeships or other sustainable employment.

Traineeships aim to reduce the proportion of young people not in employment, education and training (link to page) and raise the participation of 16 to 18-year-olds in education and training.

How long do they last?

6weeks – 6months

Traineeships are a high-quality learning experience tailored to the needs of everyone.

How much work experience will there be?

The work experience will be at least 100 hours and will normally not exceed 240hours.

The work experience in traineeships should give the young person exposure to a real workplace so they can develop the skills, knowledge, confidence, attitudes and behaviours they need to succeed at work.

More about traineeships from the National Careers Service

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What is the difference between a traineeship and supported internship?

The aim of a supported internship is to prepare a young person for paid employment.

Although similar to a traineeship or apprenticeship, a supported internship will often mean that you require a higher level of support than a trainee or apprentice, and will be offered work-place support in form of a job coach, as well as support for your non-work place learning.

There are no entry or completion requirements, and each learning provider will work with you to develop a personalised programme that meets your needs and provides progression.

Find out more about Supported Internships.