Traineeships are a great way to help young people who want to look into getting an apprenticeship or job, but don’t yet hold the appropriate skills or experience to do so.

Traineeships allow young people to gain the work experience that can help them to prepare for their future careers. Especially designed to help people aged between 16-24 years who don’t possess the appropriate skills or experience needed for the workplace, a traineeship can help to provide the training needed to help secure an apprenticeship or job. Perhaps you have been unsuccessful when applying for apprenticeships or jobs in the past and are looking for another way in to an industry.

The traineeship programmes can last anywhere between six weeks and six months, and the content will be tailored to your meet exact needs. It can offer you work preparation training, as well as English and maths support if it is needed. Not only this, but traineeships can also give you the opportunity to learn interview tips, personal skills and to build your CV with local or national employers as you learn about their business and the industry itself.

Once your traineeship has come to an end, your employer may offer you an interview if a role is available and you have made a good impression. If there are no positions available, you will be given an exit interview with meaningful, written feedback which will help you to secure an apprenticeship or employment in the future.

Though traineeships are very similar to apprenticeships, they are different. The aim of a traineeship is to bridge the gap between school and work, teaching you the skills that are needed to make it in an apprenticeship.

Unlike apprenticeships, traineeships are unpaid. However, as they are part of the education and training system, those who qualify will be able to access financial support such as the 16-19 Bursary fund. Those who wish to receive Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit will be able to continue doing so even whilst taking part in a traineeship.

If you already have the skills and experience needed to find an apprenticeship scheme or paid employment, or if you are over 25, other routes into work might be right for you.

If however, you are a motivated young person between the ages of 16 and 24 unemployed, or work fewer than 16 hours per week, have little or no work experience or are qualified below Level 3, a traineeship could be the perfect route for you.


Traineeships are a great way for employers to get involved and showcase their business to local young people. In return, they may discover a variety of skilled applicants and potential future employees- it’s a great way to ‘try before you buy’. Ideally, a traineeship should turn into an apprenticeship but this is not compulsory.

Here at The Academy, we can help you find the perfect childcare traineeship. Lasting 18 weeks, you’ll benefit from 2 days in the classroom and 2 days work experience in a nursery or school working with young people. For more information, visit our contact page or give us a call on 0300 300 8131.