There’s been a 250% increase in uptake of traineeships over the last three years – and it’s easy to see why. It can be hard to get a foot on the ladder for people aged 16-24 who are currently unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week – but traineeships are perfect for motivated young people looking to gain the skills and experience that employers want.

Traineeships consist of three parts: a high-quality work experience placement, work preparation training and English and Maths key skills improvement. Traineeships usually last between six weeks and six months, and in 2015/16 66% of trainees progress to a paid apprenticeship. Traineeships are free to the learner as training costs are covered by the government. Employers may not offer trainees a wage, but often help with expenses.

Traineeship Resources

'Traineeships: A route into an apprenticeship or a job'
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'Traineeships: Why they work: Bradford' - view
'Traineeships: Why they work: Derby' - view
'Traineeships: Why they work: Leeds' - view
'Traineeships: Why they work: Millwall' - view
'Traineeships: Why they work: Salford'  - view


"A traineeship represents a valuable opportunity for young people to develop skills, gain confidence and experience, and lay a foundation for their next step."