Traineeships explained


How Traineeships and Apprenticeships go hand in hand to support your further education needs.

Traineeships: Preparing for Career Success

Traineeships are 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 between 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 would be required to successfully carry out a job role. For this reason traineeships give participants the opportunity to see just how employers 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 time 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.




What are the Benefits of Traineeships?

Traineeships offer numerous advantages to individuals seeking to kickstart their careers and gain valuable skills and experience. Whether you're a recent school leaver, looking to change careers, or simply want to enhance your employability, traineeships can be a valuable option. Below, we outline the key benefits of traineeships:


  1. Hands-On Experience: Traineeships provide practical, on-the-job experience in a real work environment. This hands-on experience is invaluable for understanding the day-to-day tasks and challenges of your chosen industry.

  2. Skill Development: Participants in traineeships acquire industry-specific skills and knowledge. This not only makes you more attractive to employers but also gives you the confidence to excel in your future career.

  3. Employability: Completing a traineeship significantly boosts your employability. Employers often prefer candidates with practical experience, and traineeships provide just that. It can be a stepping stone to securing a full-time job or progressing to an apprenticeship.

  4. Networking Opportunities: During a traineeship, you'll have the chance to build a professional network. These connections can be valuable for finding job opportunities, receiving mentorship, and gaining insights into your chosen field.

  5. Testing the Waters: Traineeships allow you to explore an industry without making a long-term commitment. If you're unsure about your career path, a traineeship can help you determine whether the industry aligns with your interests and goals.

  6. Improved Confidence: As you gain practical experience and see your skills develop, your confidence will grow. This newfound self-assurance can be applied not only in your current traineeship but also in future career endeavors.

  7. Resume Enhancement: A completed traineeship looks impressive on your resume. It demonstrates to potential employers that you are proactive, willing to learn, and have practical skills relevant to the job.

  8. Potential for Certification: Depending on the traineeship program, you may have the opportunity to earn a formal qualification or certification, which can further enhance your career prospects.

  9. Financial Support: In some cases, trainees may receive financial support, including a wage or stipend, during their traineeship. This can help cover living expenses while gaining valuable experience.

  10. Career Progression: Traineeships can serve as a pathway to further education or an apprenticeship. If you discover a passion for the field during your traineeship, you can pursue more advanced training and qualifications.

  11. Personal Growth: Traineeships offer personal growth opportunities. They challenge you to adapt to a professional work environment, develop time management skills, and handle responsibilities independently.

  12. Diverse Industry Options: Traineeships are available across a wide range of industries, from healthcare and IT to hospitality and construction. This diversity allows you to explore various career paths.


Traineeships are a valuable bridge between education and employment. They provide a platform for individuals to gain practical skills, build connections, and increase their employability. Whether you're a young person starting your career journey or someone looking to switch industries, traineeships can offer a promising start. If you have specific questions about traineeships or want to explore related topics further, feel free to ask for more information or guidance.


Where can I find Traineeships?

Traineeships are widely available, offering individuals a chance to gain valuable work experience and develop essential skills. Here's a step-by-step guide on where and how to find traineeship opportunities:


1. Government Websites:

The UK government provides resources and information on traineeships through official websites. You can start your search on:

- GOV.UK: Visit the government's official website ( and navigate to the "Apprenticeships and traineeships" section. Here, you'll find details on available traineeships, eligibility criteria, and how to apply.


2. Apprenticeship and Traineeship Vacancy Websites:

Several dedicated websites list traineeship opportunities in the UK. These platforms allow you to search for vacancies by location, industry, and duration. Some popular websites include:


- Find a Traineeship (GOV.UK): This online service allows you to search for traineeship vacancies based on your location and interests.

- National Apprenticeship Service (NAS): The NAS website provides a search feature specifically for traineeships, where you can browse opportunities and apply online.


3. Job Search Engines:

General job search engines often list traineeship vacancies along with other job types. Popular job search websites in the UK include:


- Indeed: Use keywords like "traineeship" along with your location to find relevant listings.

Totaljobs: Similar to Indeed, Totaljobs offers a wide range of job listings, including traineeships.


4. Local Training Providers:

Many local colleges, training providers, and educational institutions offer traineeship programs. Contact these organisations directly or visit their websites to explore available opportunities. They may also provide guidance on eligibility and the application process.


5. Employer Websites:

Some employers may advertise traineeships directly on their websites. If you have a specific company in mind, check their career or vacancies page regularly for updates.


6. Job Centres:

Visit your local Job Centre Plus office for assistance in finding traineeships. They can provide information on available opportunities and help with the application process.


7. Networking and Referrals:

Inform your network, including friends, family, and educators, about your interest in traineeships. They might have information about openings or be able to connect you with relevant opportunities.


8. Professional Associations:

If you have a particular industry or career in mind, consider joining relevant professional associations or organizations. They often share job and traineeship opportunities with their members.


9. Social Media:

Follow relevant social media profiles, groups, and pages related to apprenticeships and traineeships. These platforms can be a source of job postings and networking opportunities.


10. Recruitment Agencies:

Some recruitment agencies specialise in apprenticeships and traineeships. Contact local agencies or search online for those that focus on entry-level positions and career development.


11. Local Newspapers and Magazines:

Check the classified ads in local newspapers and magazines, as some employers still use traditional advertising methods to promote traineeship vacancies.


Remember to tailor your search to your specific interests and location. When you find a traineeship opportunity that interests you, carefully review the eligibility requirements and application instructions provided by the employer or training provider. Applying early and preparing a well-crafted resume and cover letter can significantly enhance your chances of securing a traineeship that aligns with your career goals. Good luck with your search!


Become an apprentice.

Register as an apprentice to kickstart your career prospects.

When you start your apprenticeship you will soon understand why apprenticeships are amazing.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a form of further education which offers on the job training for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst studying part-time with an apprenticeship training provider, college or university through workshops or classroom training.

Apprenticeship training has to be delivered by a registered apprenticeship training provider which can also be an employer-provider, where the employer you are training through are on the register of training providers to be able to deliver their own training requirements. If an employer acts as an employer-provider they will usually employ a number of people such as Apprenticeship Assessors, Mentors and Managers to support you through your apprenticeship programme.

During your apprenticeship you will receive a salary and all the other benefits permanent employees receive. An apprenticeship job is only for a specified time as stipulated at the beginning of your apprenticeship training which can last anything from 12 months to 5 years.

To find our more about apprenticeships please refer to our What is an Apprenticeship? guide.

Why should you start an apprenticeship?

If you are considering your post 16 options you probably wouldn't have considered an apprenticeship a few years ago and would be struggling or worrying what to do when you leave school. It is a legal requirement for you to now stay in some form of further education until the age of 18 and you now have three options A-Levels, College or an Apprenticeship.

You can start an apprenticeship at the age of 16 through the Intermediate or Advanced level apprenticeship programmes across many industry sectors from Construction, Technology or even Marketing. There are no entry requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship, however you will need at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4 (previously C grade) or above to qualify for the advanced apprenticeship. On completion of the intermediate you will gain the qualifying criteria for a level 3.

The best reason for starting an apprenticeship is on completion of each level you will receive a nationally recognised qualification from an NVQ all the way up to a degree level apprenticeship such as a Bachelors or Masters.


How can you become an apprentice?

There are a number of ways to become an apprentice so we thought we would list them for you:

  • Register with websites like ourselves, there are others available.
  • Apprenticeship Job Fairs are great for meeting employers and training providers.
  • Contact training providers in your area, a simple Google search "Training providers near me" will give you the information you need.
  • Contact your local colleges or universities or visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training.
  • UCAS promote apprenticeship opportunities on their website on behalf of employers.

and finally......

  • Do some research on apprenticeships and find a topic or industry that you would like to start an apprenticeship in and then research local companies in those sectors and visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training and apply directly with them.



Join 20,000 others talking apprenticeships.

Join the UK's leading facebook group for apprenticeships. We manage the largest group dedicated to apprenticeships with over 20k members and growing...

Join Apprenticeships UK