A traineeship is an education and training programme.  It is designed for people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience: traineeships provide essential work preparation training, English, Maths and the work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

A traineeship has three core elements:

  • a high-quality work experience placement with an employer;
  • work preparation training, provided by the training organisation;
  • English and Maths support, if required, provided by the training organisation.

Traineeships last for anything up to a maximum of 6 months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual.

Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement and traineeships are exempt from the Minimum Wage.  Young people taking part in traineeships will be undertaking education and training and some may qualify for financial support, 

Traineeships: overview for young people

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16 to 24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.  Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other position due to a lack of skills and experience will most likely be good candidates for a traineeship.

Traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on:

What are apprenticeships and traineeships?