Young people aged 16-17 years must stay in education, training, or employment with training.
Traineeships help you to build skills in advance of doing a course or apprenticeship. They also support you to get a job or apprenticeship that is right for you.
What are Traineeships?
Traineeships help young people learn skills and improve employability.
What is employability?
Employability is a combination of qualifications, skills and personal qualities.
These include things like:
- talking and writing skills
- basic skills like maths and English
- "soft" skills like problem solving and listening
Improving these skills help you get a full time paid job.
What will I learn on a Traineeship?
The three aspects of a Traineeship are:-
- Preparation for work
- Improving Maths and English
- Work experience
Traineeships may also include extra support for people with disabilities.
Will I get paid?
No. Traineeships are not employment. Traineeships are training programmes with work experience.
Travel expenses to and from your work placement will be paid for by the employer.
Can I still claim benefit?
Yes. Traineeships have been designed so that you can still claim Universal Credit.
What do I get at the end of my Traineeship?
You will receive:
- confirmation of completing a Traineeship
- confirmation of your qualifications
- a reference from the employer
You will also receive a guaranteed interview by the employer either for an actual job or apprenticeship (if one is available), or an exit interview to support you in your next steps.
Instant Expert: Get information and advice from Gov.uk to help you decide whether a traineeship might be suitable for you.
What's the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships?
Find out with this downloadable resource: