Traineeships are flexible education and training programmes that include a work placement. They’re designed to help you feel ready to start an apprenticeship or job.

What’s involved in a traineeship?

Traineeships can last from six weeks up to a year, depending on the role and how much support you need. Most traineeships last around 6 months.

The main parts of a traineeship are:

  • A high quality work placement lasting between 70-240 hours with a local employer
  • Help from a local training provider so you feel ready to start work
  • Help from the training provider with your English and maths qualifications, and digital training if you need it
  • Optional technical and professional qualifications in your chosen area of work, designed to help you feel ready to start an apprenticeship after your traineeship

Who can apply for a traineeship?

You can apply for a traineeship if you:

  • Are eligible to work in England
  • Have little to no work experience but are motivated to work
  • Are aged 16 to 24, or up to 25 if you have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • Are qualified up to and including level 3 (A level equivalent)

What will I get out of a traineeship?

Traineeships can be rewarding and transformative experiences, offering you the chance to experience what it’s like to work somewhere and get the skills you need to move forward with your career.

From the training provider you’ll get:

  • Training to prepare you for work, including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace
  • Support to get your English and maths level 2 qualifications if you need them (level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 or C)
  • Some digital training if you need it
  • Any technical or professional qualifications that will help you move into an apprenticeship. This depends on the type of work you’re doing

From the employer you’ll get:

  • A high quality work placement lasting at least 70 hours
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job if there’s one available
  • Alternatively, an exit interview with written feedback
  • You might work with more than one employer over the course of your traineeship

A traineeship isn’t a job. Employers are not required to pay you for your work placement, so you might need to think about a part-time job alongside your traineeship. However, you might be able to 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

How do I apply for a traineeship?

There are plenty of traineeship opportunities in Greater Manchester. Click the button below to head to the traineeship website. Just put in your postcode to see traineeship opportunities near you. You’ll be asked to register on the site if you want to apply online.