Traineeships are a great way to help you build your CV. That’s because traineeships help you learn the essential skills that every employer wants. And they’ll set you on the right path to compete for intermediate and advanced apprenticeships. In short, they’re an amazing stepping stone to full-time paid work if you don’t have many qualifications or experience. They offer you:

  • Work preparation training – gives you the skills and confidence needed the first step in your career. You’ll go to workshops to help you write a CV, cover letters, application forms and prepare for interviews.
  • Skills you need to find a job – employers are at the centre of traineeships, so they focus on your skills and future success in employment
  • Maths and English support – developing the skills you need for the workplace and boosting your job prospects, your long-term career progression, and earning potential!
  • Work experience – You’re guaranteed an exit interview, and you’ll be working alongside employees at the company
  • An improved CV – traineeships give you great practical experience and experience on paper

As a trainee, you’ll enjoy education and training programmes built by employers to help you get ‘work ready’. They’re designed to give you basic training in English and Maths and get you work experience too. They give you a chance to learn more about what employers want, build your CV and gain confidence right from the start. Giving you the opportunity to get one the career ladder. If you want to work, but a little unsure of your skills, a traineeship could be just right for you. All you need is to be keen to work, unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, and aged 16 to 24 with no qualifications at level 3 (qualifications from college or sixth form). There are no fees. And you may be able to apply for funding with the 16-19 Bursary Fund, depending on your circumstances. Your traineeship will last between six weeks and six months. You can expect to get a high-quality work placement with flexible training, as well as the opportunity to study and improve your literacy and numeracy skills. Remember, traineeships are created by employers, so you know you’re getting the skills and experience that employers want. You won’t get paid doing a traineeship, although your employer will sometimes cover the cost of things like food and travel (expenses). Your employer will cover the cost of the qualifications that you will be doing on your course too. There may even be a job opportunity at the end of your traineeship. If so, you’ll be given a chance to interview. But even if there’s no job available, you’ll still get an exit interview to discuss what you’ve learned, as well as a valuable reference for your CV.

Where can I apply for a traineeship?

You can apply for traineeships with many employers directly however you can find lots of traineeships on the Monarch College website. You can search here (

When can I apply for a traineeship?

Applications for Traineeships are open throughout the year. Some employers only hire at certain times, but as the programmes are quite short a majority of employers hire cohorts across the year.

Do I get any qualifications with a Traineeship?

It depends what training provider and employer you do your traineeship with what qualifications you get, but you’ll definitely get something! NCFE offer you a Level 1 Award in Employability Skills which includes understanding customer, working in a team, problem solving and time management. If you haven’t achieved GCSE qualifications, you will also work towards vocational qualification’s such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths. The employer you work with might give you other qualifications too, depending where you do your traineeship!

What’s the difference between work experience and a traineeship?

With work experience, you won’t be getting qualifications and the experience may not be as structured as a traineeship. You also won’t be as involved in work preparation training on a work experience placement. A traineeship gives you an opportunity to go to workshops for writing CVs, cover letters, applications for jobs and interview preparation.

What’s the difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship?

Traineeships are a lot shorter in duration than an apprenticeship and are a lot more focussed on work. With a traineeship you just work towards functional skills qualifications (and sometimes work preparation qualifications) whereas on an apprenticeship you do these and an industry focussed qualification – often at a much higher qualification level. You also don’t get paid as a trainee but you could as an apprentice.

Can I choose a specific area to work in?

There are many areas you can gain experience in, ranging from Business Administration and Events, to Hospitality and Education Support. It’s better to be flexible about your interests, and you don’t have to pick a placement depending on one specific area.

Does it cost me anything?

Though you won’t be paid during your traineeship, an employer may choose to cover some costs, such as your food or travel. Additionally, you may be able to apply for funding with the 16-19 Bursary Fund, but this depends on your circumstances.

Do I get paid doing a traineeship?

You won’t get paid doing a traineeship, but some employers will cover the cost of expenses – travel, food etc.

Will I get a job at the end of the traineeship?

A job is not always guaranteed at the end of a Traineeship. However, some employers may use it as a pre-Apprenticeship programme to find suitable candidates to train long-term. If this doesn’t happen, you’ll still have gained valued skills which will prepare you for a career, whether that means applying for an Apprenticeship or other employment.

Are traineeships recognised by employers?

Employers do recognise traineeships as a valuable scheme. Several large businesses are now using traineeships as part of their recruitment process to find those best suited to the roles on offer.

How long does it last?

Each traineeship length varies, though they can last anywhere from six weeks to six months and are often flexible depending on your circumstances (such as if you have a part-time job).