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What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for and helping them become ‘work ready’. It is designed for young people aged 16 – 24 who do not yet have the skills or experience required to start work or an apprenticeship.

What is the content of a Traineeship?

The content of a Traineeship will be tailored to your individual needs, including:

  • work preparation training which ensures you are ready and have the confidence to take the first step in your career, such as an Apprenticeship.
  • English and maths support to help give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace.
  • a meaningful work experience placement which provides insight and experience of the world of work.

Will I get paid?

No, you will not get paid. You will still receive any benefit that you are currently claiming as well as valuable work experience as part of your Traineeship. However you may be eligible to claim your travelling expenses. An advisor at Release Potential will advise you on this.

What are the benefits of a Traineeship?

  • A Traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or other job.
  • The opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience with local and national employers.
  • Improving your English and maths skills will boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime.
  • Employers are at the centre of Traineeships to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment.
  • At the end of the work placement you’ll get a job interview with the company if a role becomes available or a reference and an exit interview.

What will be my maximum hours of work?

Traineeships are a package combining real work with off the job training. You will not exceed 30 hours of training/work placement per week.

Am I eligible?

Your eligibility will depend on your circumstances however these are the basic requirements. You must be living in England, aged between 16 and 24 and not have previously completed a traineeship or apprenticeship. For those aged 16-18 you must not have achieved a full Level 3 qualification or above and be unemployed. For those aged 19-24 you must not have achieved a full Level 2 qualification or above. Contact us for an individual assessment of your circumstances.

Who can I turn to for help?

Throughout your Traineeship you should consult your tutor at Release Potential who will see you throughout your Traineeship. You should also have access to a mentor in your work place.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, you will receive a certificate for each qualification you successfully complete.

What is NAS?

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Traineeships throughout England, and are responsible for increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. Some useful links can be found at The National Apprenticeship Service and Find a Traineeship

How long will it take to complete a Traineeship?

Your course will be tailored to meet your needs and that of the employer you are matched with however Traineeships generally last between six weeks and six months.

What happens when I complete my Traineeship?

At the end of your Traineeship if a position becomes available within the company you will be given an interview by the employer for that position. However if a vacancy has not become available the employer will still give you an interview and will give you feedback on your time with the company plus a formal reference. You will also be helped to look for an appropriate apprenticeship where this is agreed as an appropriate route for you.

If I have a grievance who do I speak to?

If for any reason you feel you have issues about your work placement you should raise your concerns with your manager. You will also have your tutors contact details and can contact the Release Potential office on 01661 843819.