Traineeships are an education and training programme with work experience. They are focused on helping young people aged 16-24 to prepare for an apprenticeship or other employment.

A traineeship will give you:

  • work preparation training, to help ensure you are ready and have confidence to take your first step into a career
  • English and maths support, to ensure you have the skills that are needed in the workplace
  • a work experience placement, providing you with valuable insight and real experience of the world of work (at the end of this you would be guaranteed an interview and a reference).

You will generally not be paid for taking part in a traineeship but your study and programme costs will be met by government and your benefits should not be affected (although you may need to comply with some benefit rules). In addition, many providers pay travel and lunch costs.

Find out about applying for a traineeship by:

  • contacting your local college or training provider
  • talking to your Jobcentre Plus adviser
  • visiting the National Careers Service website or your local office
  • visiting the Get In Go Far website

Harvey took part in Hampshire County Council’s traineeship for care leavers. The programme helped Harvey to develop his self-esteem and demonstrate his skills. His work placement with Hampshire Transport Management (HTM) also gave him the opportunity to gain experience in a mechanics setting and he received very good feedback from his placement manager. As a result of his traineeship, Harvey has gained an apprenticeship with HTM, where he will continue to work towards his goals.


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. This means you can earn money while you learn the skills needed for your career.


Traineeships combine training with work experience. They help young people aged 16-24 to prepare for an apprenticeship or other employment.

Supported internships

Supported internships help young people aged 16-24 to learn the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.


Volunteering can be a great opportunity to develop skills and learn new ones, whilst also having fun and getting work experience.

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