Where can I apply for a traineeship?
If you are still in full-time education, speak to your careers adviser or teacher and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. You can also apply for traineeships with many employers directly, and you can find lots of traineeships on the GetMyFirstJob website.
You can search for traineeship opportunities here: www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk
When can I apply for a traineeship?
Applications for traineeships are open throughout the year. Some employers only hire at certain times, but as the programmes are quite short, most employers hire different groups of trainees across the year.
Do I get any qualifications with a Traineeship?
The qualifications you receive at the end of your traineeship all depends on what training provider and employer you do your traineeship with, but you’ll definitely get something!
Most trainees will receive a Level 1 Award in Employability Skills on completion of their traineeship – which will show off your skills in customer interactions, working as a team, problem-solving, and time management. If you haven’t achieved any GCSE qualifications, you will also be able to work towards vocational qualifications such as the Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.
Your employer might also give you other qualifications too depending on who you do your traineeship with. For example, some trainees could leave with a forklift truck operating certificate whereas others could leave with Google badges for digital marketing!
What’s the difference between work experience and a traineeship?
With work experience, you won’t get any qualifications or work preparation training and it may not be as structured as a traineeship. A traineeship will give you the opportunity to go to workshops detailing CV writing, constructing a cover letting, completing applications for jobs and interview preparation.
What’s the difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship?
Traineeships are a lot shorter than an apprenticeship and are much more focused on work. With a traineeship, you only work towards functional skills qualifications and work preparation qualifications. Whereas in an apprenticeship you do these, and industry-focused qualifications – at a variety of levels. You also don’t get paid as a trainee, but you can as an apprentice.
Can I choose a specific area to work in?
There are many areas you can gain experience in, ranging from Business Administration and Events to Hospitality and Education Support. It's better to be flexible about your interests and you don't have to pick a placement depending on one specific area. It’s good to keep your mind open to a range of opportunities!
Does it cost me anything?
Though you won't be paid during your traineeship, an employer may choose to cover some costs, such as your food or travel. Additionally, you may be able to apply for funding with the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, but this depends on your circumstances.
Do I get paid to do a traineeship?
No. You won’t be paid for a traineeship, but some employers will cover the cost of expenses such as food and travel!
Will I get a job at the end of the traineeship?
A job is not always guaranteed at the end of a traineeship. However, some employers may use it to identify people who would eb suitable for their apprenticeships. If you’re not offered a job at the end of it, you will still have gained valued skills which will prepare you for your career.
Are traineeships recognised by employers?
Employers do recognise traineeships as a valuable scheme. Many exciting, large businesses are now using traineeships as part of their recruitment process to find those best suited to the roles on offer.
How long does it last?
Each traineeship length varies, though they can last anywhere from six weeks to six months and are often flexible depending on your circumstances, such as if you have a part-time job.