A Traineeship is a Level 1 apprenticeship which can last up to 6 months and is typically unpaid.

It is for 16-24-year olds who want to get a level 2 apprenticeship – or job – but who don’t yet have enough skills or experience to apply.

Just like the other apprenticeships, there are three parties involved:

  1. the trainee – you?
  2. the employer – hiring you
  3. the trainer – usually a college or training company



(1) Qualifications – If you have been struggling with your GCSEs you’ll get support to help you achieve your Functional Skills in Maths and English Language.

(2) Transferable skills – a traineeship is a chance to acquire useful employability skills such as time management, reliability, attention to detail and team-working.

(3) Work experience – it is an opportunity to work for an actual employer.

(4) Help with CV-writing, interview techniques & job hunting – the college/training provider will help you with these as well.



(1) Training Company/College websites – Take a look at the college and training company websites because they don’t all offer every Traineeship. You’ll find they advertise:

  • The approved training which they can deliver – most likely you’d need to find yourself an employer to work for
  • Their own traineeship vacancies – with a named employer where they are delivering the training

(2) Find A Traineeship – Most traineeship vacancies are advertised nationally on the government-backed Find A Traineeship

(3) Careersnearhere.com – And of course there’s Careersnearhere where all the training companies, colleges and employers can advertise their live, local traineeship vacancies (for free) on the apprenticeships noticeboards in the relevant careers rooms.



(1) Is a Traineeship right for me? – If you want to know if a Traineeship could be right for you, take a look at the Government’s Guidance on Traineeships

(2) Under 18 and NEET? – If you are under 18 and not in education, employment or training, your local council will have nominated staff to help, but there are also a wide variety of independent support organisations which you can find listed on our specialist page.

(3) 18+ and unemployed? – There will be additional help available at your local JobCentre Plus.

(4) Careersnearhere.com – why not take a look at our searchable blogs and at the Help section at the bottom of the screen including the Careers Advice & Guidance Online.

There’s also YouTube and the internet for relevant videos.

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