Traineeships explained and how they work hand in hand with Apprenticeships.


A traineeship is designed to offer individuals a work placement opportunity to learn skills through a training programme to enable them to either advance to an apprenticeship or enter the world of work.

Traineeships are designed predominately for teenagers and young adults beteen the ages of 16 - 24 who are finding it difficult to find work. Each traineeship can last anywhere between six weeks and six months depending on the employer and will give you the skills required to advance to either a full-time position or get you ready to start an apprenticeship job.

Traineeships are not considered as a full-time training programme but more alined to demonstrating how working environments work and what woud be required to successfully carry out a job role. For this reason traineeships give participants the opportunity to see just how empoyers work and how they would suit the job role if they were to continue in the chosen field or if they were to start an apprenticeship.

Are Traineeships paid employment?

Unfortunately traineeships are not a form of paid employment as they are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. However what is great about traineeships is that at the end of your training you are guaranteed an interview for either Apprenticeship Jobs or Full-Tme jobs with that employer if one is available.

Another benefit of the traineeship is that you will receive the necessary training for Maths and English if you did not successfully achieve the relevant grades during your GCSE's to be able to proceed to an apprenticeship, commonly these two subject areas are required when applying for apprenticeships of grade A-C, or Level 2.

Although employers are not required to pay a salary during a traineeship this is not always the case and some employers may pay either an hourly rate, costs towards travel or you could apply for funding to cover these expenses through the bursary fund from the government.

Why do we have Traineeships?

Traineeships were introduced by the government in 2013 when the legal age for students to leave full-time education was raised, plus the initiative was introduced to tackle the skills gap crisis by enabling employers to identify future employees.

What are my options post 16?

As it is a legal requirement for you to stay in full-time education or vocational training after your GCSE's your options are:

  • Stay on at school or college
  • Start a traineeship
  • Start an apprenticeship

Who offers traineeships?

Traineeships are becoming more widely available from employers all across the country. In fact the government have set up an online search function for individuals looking for a traineeship where you can search for a traineeship and apply directly to employers. Find a Traineeship

But to give you an idea of the industries that offer traineeships we have highlighted a few below:

  • Account
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Construction
  • Haridressing
  • Healthcare

These are just a few of the industries that offer traineeships across the UK, there are plenty more to choose from.

It maybe an idea to search for apprenticeship jobs before you decide on applying for a traineeship to see what apprenticeship opportunties are available first hand and what would be expected of you during your apprenticeship training.