all you need to know.

What are they?

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience whose focus is on helping young people become ready for work.

Traineeships are aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who:

  • Have little work experience and are not employed – those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or job due to a lack of skills.
  • Qualified below level three – level three qualifications are similar in level to A-Levels.
  • Providers and employers believe have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an apprenticeship within six months of starting a traineeship


Traineeships are not the same as apprenticeships. Traineeships can last between six weeks and six months. Their aim is to take young people to a positive outcome in the form of employment or an apprenticeship. Traineeships are made up of three core components:

  • A work experience placement lasting between 100 and 240 hours at the end of which the trainee receives an exit interview
  • Work preparation training covering areas like CV-writing, interview preparation, job search and inter-personal skills
  • English and mathematics courses, unless the trainee has achieved a GCSE at A*-C in those subjects (or a functional skills qualification at Level 2).

In addition to these core elements, providers and employers can add other training elements depending on the needs of young people and the labour market.

Pay and benefits

Traineeships are not jobs and are therefore exempt from the National Minimum Wage. Employers are not required to pay trainees. However, they are encouraged to contribute to expenses associated with traineeships.

Trainees can continue to receive benefits, including Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit


We offer Traineeships in :

  • Business Administration
  • Customer services
  • Retail  

For any enquiries regarding partnerships or to learn more about what we do, contact us using the form below, or just give us a call 0n 02081506866 / 07460 296 813. We would be happy to hear from you.


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