Get work-ready with a traineeshipPosted: 6th of July 2015 by
What is a traineeship?
A traineeship is a maximum six-month programme which combines education, training and work experience. The training is tailored to your needs and will help you develop the skills that employers are looking for.
What are traineeships for?
Traineeships are intended to give young people the opportunity to get some work experience and to build their skills for in the workplace. One of the greatest complaints from employers is that too many people arrive to begin work with them, either full time or as an apprentice without any of the skills or the attitude to be of benefit to them. A traineeship could help you to prepare for an apprenticeship or full time employment.
Who are traineeships for?
You must be aged between 16 and 24 inclusive to take park in a traineeship programme. You also need to be qualified under level 3 (that’s A-level or national diploma level), unemployed or at least working under 16 hours a week and most importantly, you need to be well motivated to work.
Are traineeships paid?
Traineeships are not paid. Unlike an apprenticeship, you are not employed by the company. You are there to learn the skills necessary to get a full time job or apprenticeship and succeed at it. However, on completion, you should be in a much stronger position to win that full time job or apprenticeship as you should be work-prepared.
There are bursaries available to help with costs. These are available for 16 – 19 year olds if you meet the criteria. If you are 19 – 24 then you may be able to get support through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
So, if you are 16 – 24 and you really want to work, but don’t have the work skills that you need for in the work place (or to put on your CV) then ask your careers adviser about how to do a traineeship programme or register with the apprenticeship and traineeship service to look for vacancies.
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