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Traineeships and Apprenticeships


A Traineeship is an education and training programme which incorporates work experience to prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Designed for people aged 16 to 24 who do not yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation. This is through training, support in English and Maths and specific work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

A traineeship has three core elements:

  • A high-quality work experience placement with an employer.

  • Work preparation training, provided by the training organization.

  • English and maths support, if required, provided by the training organisation.

Traineeships last up to 6 months with the content tailored to the needs of the individual and the business.

Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement and traineeships are exempt from the Minimum Wage. Young people taking part in traineeships will be undertaking education and training and some may qualify for financial support, including the 16-19 Bursary Fund. The government is encouraging employers to provide trainees with financial support to meet their travel or meal costs, this is at the employer’s discretion. Find out more about Traineeships here.


Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16, living in England and not in full-time education. There’s no upper age limit.  Apprenticeships are an excellent way to combine on the job learning with a working environment. They allow you to grow and thrive in the workplace by giving you all the skills that an employer would want. By becoming an apprentice, you have the opportunity to earn, learn and work at the same time. You will get training from your employer, gain skills in your job role and understand what it means to be in the workplace by being in a hands on environment. You will study and gain a qualification as part of your apprenticeship and be paid a wage. Each apprenticeship is different depending on the employer and the framework, but they have to last a minimum of 12 months. Apprenticeships are available across a huge range of industries. They include areas such as law, finance, education, sales, marketing and IT as well as more traditional subjects. Qualifications can be from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) to Level 7 (Master’s Degree equivalent). Find out more about Apprenticeships here

 Here are some more organisations where you can find apprenticeships