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Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16 - 24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or job due to a lack of skills and experience, are most likely be good candidates for a traineeship. You won’t be paid, but you may be given help with expenses like travel and meals.

You can apply if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 - 24 and qualified below Level 3

Apply online at www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.

What is a supported traineeship?

A Supported Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that focuses on helping young people with SEND show that they have the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Traineeships can last from six weeks up to six months and will include:

  • work preparation training provided by the training organisation
  • English and Maths support if required, provided by the training organisation
  • a work experience placement with an employer

For further information on supported workplace training, see Supported Internships and Apprenticeships.

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