A great way to help you build your CV, helping you to learn the essential skills that every employer wants, setting you on the right path to compete for intermediate and advanced apprenticeships or employment.

What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months. Helping young people get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

Work preparation training

Giving you the skills and confidence needed the first step in your career. You’ll go to workshops to help you write a CV, cover letters, application forms and prepare for interviews.

Skills you need to find a job

Employers are at the centre of traineeships, so they focus on your skills and future success in employment

Maths & English support

Developing the skills you need for the workplace and boosting your job prospects, your long-term career progression, and earning potential!

Work experience

You’re guaranteed an exit interview, and you’ll be working alongside employees at the company

An improved CV

Traineeships give you great practical experience and experience on paper

Who can apply for a Traineeship?

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
Applications for Traineeships are open throughout the year. Some employers only hire at certain times, but as the programmes are quite short a majority of employers hire cohorts across the year.

What does a Traineeship include?

Traineeships are free. The cost of training is given directly to training providers by the government. A traineeship isn’t a job and employers are not required to pay you for the work placement.

Support from Pathway Group
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
Support from the Employer
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

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