What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development program that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months). We can help you achieve the relevant qualifications to help you get the skills and knowledge and prepare you for your chosen job/apprenticeship or further help in jobs.

Entry requirements

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 up to level 3.
  • You need to be eligible to work in the UK.
  • You need to be unemployed and have little or no work experience.
  • Applicants must be aged between 16-24.
  • Applicants must be motivated to work.
  • Have no qualifications above GCSE level (or equivalent).

What Traineeships are Available?

  • Customer Service.
  • ICT.
  • Business Administration.

Depending on where you are located, living and area the gov.uk website has many options available with the help of out/in house business local, big and small all to help develop your skills in your chosen sectors.

Core Aims

This is the principal activity or core purpose of a student’s program and it will usually be the component that has the largest number of planned hours.

The core aim for most students will be either:

  • One or more substantial academic, applied or technical qualification which prepare the student for further education or employment.


  • A substantial work placement to prepare the student for an apprenticeship or other employment. The core aim must be agreed between the student and the education provider.

It will generally remain unchanged during the year, although exceptions may be made where, for example, a student:

  • Finds they have made the wrong program choice and transfers to an alternative program.
  • Transfers to a traineeship after an initial period of vocational training or employability support.
  • The remainder of the study program should complement the core aim.