Traineeships are Government funded programmes designed to prepare young people, for their future careers by helping them to become ready for the world of work.
To be eligible for a traineeship, applicants should be aged 16-24 and qualified below Level 3. A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills, confidence and experience that employers are looking for.
Traineeships last anything from six weeks up to a maximum of six months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual. This is because each programme should reflect the needs of the learner.
You can expect three things from a traineeship, all great reasons for undertaking one:
High quality work placements
You will learn what’s expected of you in the workplace, and develop links with local employers. The work placement element to your traineeship will help to broaden your CV for when you apply for future positions. If your host company is looking for apprentices or employees, you will also be able to interview for these at the end of your traineeship, from the informed position of having worked for the company already.
You will be trained in other relevant areas to help you get work-ready, such as job search and interview skills, time-keeping and team working. One unique aspect to the traineeship option is that it allows for flexibility: your employers and mentors will tailor the training to your requirements, so you can get the most out of the time you spend doing your traineeship.
Study in English and maths (if applicable)
If you need up-skilling in some of the basics, a traineeship will do that for you – making you more employable. Employers value English and maths very highly – they are seen as essential skills.
When your traineeship is complete
At the end of your traineeship, if there is a job or Apprenticeship vacancy with the work placement host, you should receive an interview.
If there isn’t a job or Apprenticeship opportunity at that time, you will receive an exit interview with the employer who provided the work placement. In this interview you can discuss what you’ve learned, and how it might help you with things like updating your CV and getting into a job or an Apprenticeship.
One unique aspect to the traineeship option is that it allows for flexibility: employers and mentors will tailor the training to the trainee’s requirements, so they can get the most out of the time on their programme.