Traineeships are education and training programmes with work experience, which focus on giving young people the skills and experience they need to help them compete for an apprenticeship or other jobs.

Traineeships can last from 6 weeks to a maximum of 6 months and include core components of work preparation training, English and maths (unless you have already achieved GCSE 9 to 5 standard) and a high quality work experience placement.

They are open to young people aged 16 to 24, including those with an Education Health and Care plan (EHC plan). Young people with EHC plans can keep their plan when they undertake a traineeship, so they can get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they haven’t got the appropriate skills.

Who can apply

You can apply for a traineeship if you are:

  • eligible to work in England
  • have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • aged 16 to 24 (or 25 with an EHC plan and qualified below level 3)

You can find more information by using these links.


Aspirations for Life – David Mason’s Journey

Supported Traineeship Programme at Hinkley Point C

Give it the green light – for employers

Last reviewed: April 21, 2023 by Sophie

Next review due: October 21, 2023

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