A simple 10-step guide to Traineeships
Trying to get a job is tricky if you don’t have any experience or the right skills. If you are a young person keen to get into work or start an apprenticeship, a traineeship could help you get to where you want to be.
1. Who are Traineeships for?
Traineeships are aimed at unemployed people or part-time workers under the age of 24, who don’t have a lot of qualifications or experience in the workplace.
2. Who pays for a Traineeship?
Traineeships are paid for by the government so there’s no cost to you.
3. Will I earn any money?
There’s no payment for the work experience, but your employer will be encouraged to help you with your expenses, for example bus or train fares and meals.
It’s also worth talking to your training provider as you may be able to apply for help from the 16-19 Bursary Fund or the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
4. How long do Traineeships last?
Anything from a six weeks to six months (maximum).
5. Who delivers the training?
Specialist training providers will deliver the training. At the same time, you can get valuable work experience on placements with an employer.
6. How will a Traineeship help me get a job?
Not everyone is ready to go into work when they leave school – sometimes you need a helping hand.
A Traineeship will help you improve your skills in maths and English as well as to prepare for the world of work. It will also give you a chance to experience what it’s like in the workplace and to think about the sort of career you’d like to follow.
If you carry out a Traineeship, you will be less likely to be turned away because of a lack of skills or experience when you apply for jobs or an apprenticeship. If you don’t have much experience on your CV (see our blog on How to write a great CV), a Traineeship will be a useful addition and will show that you are motivated to get a job.
Over the long term, it might also help you reach a higher level in your career and earn a better salary than if you hadn’t signed up for a Traineeship.
7. Will I be offered a job by the employer running my Traineeship?
Although a job is not guaranteed, if there are any suitable jobs going at your employer, you will be offered the chance to interview for them.
8. What happens if there aren’t any jobs at my employer?
If there are no jobs at the time you complete your Traineeship, the employer will give you a reference to show any future potential employers, and an exit interview at the end of your placement.
An exit interview is a chance to discuss with the company how you found the experience of working for them. It also allows them to give you honest and helpful feedback about what you did well and where there’s room for improvement, which you can take on board when you progress to other jobs.
Even if you are not offered a job with that employer, you will be in a much better position to apply for other jobs by having a Traineeship under your belt. And if you have impressed the company, they may get back in touch in the future when a job opportunity opens up.
9. What are the other benefits of Traineeships?
Improving your basic maths and English skills will help you in other areas of life outside the workplace, for example, understanding forms or managing your money so that you can move out of home and live in your own place.
If this is the first time you have worked for an employer, a Traineeship will allow you to experience the world of work so that it’s less daunting the second time around. Gaining work experience can also improve your confidence and life skills, as well as giving you direction and purpose in life.
10. Where can I find out more?
Visit the Traineeships website: http://traineeships.apprenticeships.org.uk
Register for Traineeship opportunities advertised at: https://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk
Call CMS Vocational on 01924 470 477 and one of our staff will be happy to talk you through your options.