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A Traineeship is a work-based skills development programme that prepares young people for an apprenticeship or job. Lasting from 6 weeks to 1 year, though most last for less than 6 months.

Available to:

16 to 24 year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan


6 weeks up to 1 year


Age restriction:

How to apply:

Speak to your Jobcentre Plus work coach if you are in receipt of benefits


A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

You can apply if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 to 24 and qualified up to and including Level 3 (equivalent to A Level)
  • You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.

You’ll get:

help with getting work, such as writing a CV and finding a job

  • a work placement of 70 hours or more
  • help with the skills you’ll need for an apprenticeship or job in the area you want to work in
  • a job interview or feedback from an employer
  • help with English, maths and basic digital skills (if you need it)
  • You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

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