Traineeships are free courses that get you ready to start an apprenticeship or get a job.

What’s a traineeship?

A traineeship is a course that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 6 months.

Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan - get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

What else should I know

You can apply for a traineeship if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • aged 16 to 24 - or 25 with an EHC plan - and qualified below level 3

Traineeships are free. The cost of training is given directly to training providers by the government.

From the training provider you get:

  • training to prepare you for work including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace
  • support to improve your English and maths if you need it

From the employer you get:

  • a high-quality work placement of at least 100 hours
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with written feedback
  • Programmes can be tailored to meet your needs or those of the business and local labour market.

A traineeship isn’t a job and employers are not required to pay you for the work placement. You may 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

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