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 from six weeks up to one year but most last less than six months. Trainees spend at least 70 hours on a work placement with an employer. The rest of the time is spent with a training provider learning other work and job search skills, and working on English and maths if you didn't get a grade 4 in these subjects at GCSE. 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.

Traineeships on Amazing Apprenticeships contains lots of information. Traineeships are for anyone aged between 16 and 24, or 25 if you have an Education Health and Care Plan.

Check out more information on traineeships




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

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