A Traineeship is a free skills development programme that includes a work placement. Traineeships give individuals aged 16-24 (or 25 with an Education Health and Care Plan) the skills and experience needed to get them ready for an apprenticeship or a job.
What is a Traineeship?
Traineeships are free. The cost of training is given directly to training providers by the government.
From the training provider you get:
- training to prepare you for work, including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace
- support to improve your English, maths and digital skills if you need it
- sector focused vocational learning to help prepare you for your apprenticeship or job and recognition of your learning
From the employer you get:
- a high-quality work placement of at least 70 hours
- an interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with written feedback
Programmes can be tailored to meet your needs and prepare you for what local businesses are looking for.
A traineeship is a training programme and isn’t a job. Employers are not required to pay you for the work placement, but they can support you with expenses such as transport and meals.
If you are eligible, you can maintain your entitlement to benefits whilst on a traineeship as necessary.
Along with recognition of your learning, there will be support to link you with job opportunities.
You may get:
- expenses for transport and meals from your employer
- financial support for travel, childcare or a disability from your training provider
- support from your local Jobcentre Plus if you are eligible for work benefits
Will I be paid?
A traineeship is a learning programme including a work experience placement, not a job. Work experience placements are unpaid, but employers are encouraged to support expenses, such as for transport and meals.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for support with education related costs.
Who is eligible?
You can apply for a traineeship if you’re:
- eligible to work in England
- have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
- aged 16 to 24 – or 25 with an EHC plan