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What is a traineeship?

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What is a Traineeship?

A traineeship is a course combined with a work experience placement (for up to 6 months) that gives you the skills and experience needed to get ready for an apprenticeship or work.

Eligibility criteria

You can apply if you're:

  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • Aged 16 to 24 (if you have additional needs) and qualified below Level 3 (A levels or a BTEC Level 3 course for example).  However, many organisations only offer them to 16-18s.

A traineeship will give you some useful work experience that will help develop your employability skills and prove to employers that you are ready for a job or an apprenticeship.  You might make some contacts that may help you find a job and the placement will be perfect for your CV!  You will get feedback from the placement and a reference if all goes well. You will also get help with your English, maths and digital skills (if you need it).

You won’t be paid, but you may get help for travel, meals and any special clothing you might need.

If you’re receiving benefits, ask the Jobcentre to check if the traineeship will affect your claim.

How can I apply?

Traineeships are advertised on The National Apprenticeship Website – you can register for free and sign up for email alerts.

You could also contact your local Early Help Team at Suffolk County Council:

They will be able to support you in your search!

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