Training, Traineeships, & Your FuturePosted: 14th of August 2015 by
Entering into the world of work can seem like a daunting prospect – going from the classroom straight into the workplace requires you to pick up a new set of skills. These are often called ‘employability’ skills and are often spoken about by companies and businesses. The question is, how do you learn them? One option is to do an apprenticeship, which will offer on-the-job training while you earn a wage and pick up the skills you need to take forward into your career. But what if you don’t feel ready for an apprenticeship, or aren’t sure what you want to do next? Perhaps your exam grades were not very good – leaving you struggling to find a job? In cases like these, you might want to consider applying for a traineeship.
- What is a traineeship?
Traineeship are designed to prepare you for work or an apprenticeship, and are aimed at young people who may not feel ready to go straight into employment.
- What will you do on a traineeship?
This will depend on what you are training in, but generally-speaking, a traineeship offers a work experience placement to give you a feeling of what it is like to go into the world of work. This will build your confidence, offer an insight into different workplaces, and help you prepare for a real job. You will also be given specific work preparation training to help you improve your employability.
- What about qualifications?
Trainees will be asked to undertake some compulsory qualifications in English and Maths – if yu don’t already have those subjects at GCSE level.
- How long does it take to complete a traineeship?
The exact time of each traineeship can vary depending on the course itself, but they can take up to 6 months to finish.
- What’s next?
Once you have completed your traineeship you can go on and apply for a full apprenticeship. You will have gained the skills you need to do so, and can then really kick-start your career. Either that or you can look for different qualifications, study, or go straight out to work. A traineeship should prepare you for whichever of these options you choose.
If, for some reason, you feel that you are not ready to go straight into work or an apprenticeship, or if you don’t have the GCSEs you feel you need, then a traineeship could be a great option for you. It will offer you an insight into work while building up your confidence and also even getting you some of those qualifications you may have missed.
Some young people may see a traineeship as a lesser route to success, but it is merely another rung in the ladder to a great career – and isn’t it better to start climbing?
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