What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is an education and training programme for young people aged 16 to 24 who are qualified below level 3, that at its heart includes high-quality work experience, work preparation training and the provision of English and maths support. To apply, your daughter or son must be unemployed or work no more than 16 hours per week. This combination of time in the classroom and time in the real workplace will give them that ‘work ready’ confidence, skills and experience that employers are looking for. Successfully completing a Traineeship typically results in either an apprenticeship or other sustainable employment.

What are the benefits of a Traineeship?

If your daughter or son is missing some qualifications or just wants to gain some employability skills and connections, Traineeships provide a fantastic stepping stone so they can get started in the workplace. 

  • All our training is free and is covered by government funding. Our Employment Coaches work with the trainee from day 1 so they can find the apprenticeship or job that’s right for them.
  • Through our work placements, they can try out a job first to see if it’s the right fit for them.

How much does it cost? Do trainees get paid?

Traineeships are fully funded by the government which means they’re completely free. They also don’t affect your daughter’s or son’s benefits eligibility.

Because they’re government funded the employer isn’t required to pay the Trainee during their time there. However, depending on the Trainee’s individual circumstance, he/she may be entitled to a £40 per week bursary, and some employers may support him/her with expenses, such as transport and meals.

What to expect from a Traineeship

Between 100 and 240 hours of high-quality work experience over a maximum of 6 months.  

Well-structured work experience with real work activities with purpose, providing opportunities to develop new skills and become work ready.

A healthy, safe and supportive work environment, where they can learn and thrive.

The Traineeship process

Here’s how it all works 

Firstly, in2work will have a one to one meeting with your daughter or son, and identify their interests and plans for the future. This allows us to match them with the most suitable work placement offers. Once this step is complete, we’ll give them the start dates for their course then their Traineeship will begin.

The Traineeship 

Employers usually look for a GCSE in Maths and English for Level 2 & 3 apprenticeships. If your daughter or son is missing these, our classes can help him/her achieve these qualifications.

At in2work our Traineeship also offers work preparation workshops to work on employability skills. This includes CV & cover letter writing, job application forms, office IT skills, time management and job interview preparation. 

We will then contact the work placement employer, agree with them the work experience and start and finish times and then the trainee will get started on his/her work placement. This is where everything they’ve learnt comes into practice and it’s a great opportunity for them to see if they enjoy that type of work, and build strong work relationships and experience that’ll look fantastic on their new CV.

What happens at the end of the Traineeship?

At the end of the work placement the employer may offer the trainee an interview for a position in their company. If there are no apprenticeships or job positions available at the end of the Traineeship, then the employer will give the trainee an exit interview, together with meaningful written feedback, to help them secure an apprenticeship or job position elsewhere. If at any point it becomes obvious that the work placement opportunity is not working out we will take responsibility and immediately address the situation.