Work experience

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a short, unpaid work experience programme for 16-24 year olds which acts as a ‘try before you buy’ and is an opportunity for you to become work ready and prepared for employment.

You will receive employment preparation, alongside Maths and English support if needed. It will provide you with unique industry work experience, helping you to
become employable. You may also get the chance of completing a recognised qualification, such as a lifeguard qualification (NPLQ).

Building Blocks to Your Traineeship:

  1. Work Experience
  2. Employment Preparation (such as CV writing and cover
    letter writing)
  3. Maths and English skills support if needed
  4. Flexible Qualification, such as an NPLQ

How would a traineeship benefit me?

  • It’s a fantastic stepping stone to employment
  • It’s a great way to boost your English and Maths skills if you need them
  • It’s a great way of getting a new qualification under your belt
  • You will receive expert experience from working with experienced staff
  • It’s a short course, so you’ll find it is easier to stay motivated
  • You will find it will improve your relationships with an employer
  • You will be guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship/job role on completion of your traineeship, and your tutor will coach you to be the best you can be!

Further incentives:

  • You will receive travel cost assistance if needed
  • Benefit and housing support is not affected
  • Your employer may supply you with work benefits such as memberships or café expenses
  • Ensures you are ‘work ready’!

How do I know if I can do a traineeship?

If you are looking to become a trainee, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 16 to 24
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Have little work experience but ready to go into a job role
  • Have no qualifications at or above a Level 3
  • Not working or in any form of education more than 16 hours per week

What will I need to commit to on a traineeship?

  • A minimum of 100 hours unpaid work experience over 6 weeks – 6 months
  • Committed to building your English and Maths skills if required
  • Committed to the programme as a whole, including employment preparation (CV writing and interview prep)
  • Being given constructive feedback and advice from your employer and your ICON tutor

I want to do a traineeship, what do I do next?

To search for traineeships in your area you will need to visit: www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

You can search for traineeships here and can register if you want to apply for any that interest you.

Alternatively, you can contact us on the details below.

For further careers advice you can visit: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/home