If you require more skills and experience in order to gain an apprenticeship then a traineeship could be a suitable option. Traineeships differ from apprenticeships in that they are an unpaid short term program designed to develop your skills for a real workplace experience. In order to qualify you will need to be aged between 16-24 years old.
Traineeships have some restrictions and these are listed below;
• 16-23 year olds cannot hold a qualification above a Level 2
• 19-24 years olds cannot hold a qualification higher than a Level 1
• They are not intended for candidates who are already in employment
• Candidates cannot be in full time education
Traineeships can last between 6 weeks to 6 months. If you did not achieve GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above then functional skills can be combined with your chosen traineeship. There is no specific intake date as they roll throughout the year.
Traineeships are a great stepping stone into the world of work or education. At the end of the program it is intended that the candidates can progress onto an industry based qualification, an apprenticeship, or employment.
To find out more and to view current traineeship vacancies please visit NAS.(http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/)
You can contact the Traineeship Team who will work closely with you to find the right placement. Please contact Alison Newcombe on 01271 852371.