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A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.

Who can apply

You can apply for a traineeship if you:

  • have the right to work in England
  • are unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • are aged 16 to 24 and qualified below Level 3

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

What you'll get

As part of your traineeship you'll get:

  • a work experience placement
  • help with English and maths (if you need it)

You won't be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

Find a traineeship

Search online for a traineeship.

Get advice

Contact the National Careers Service for advice about traineeships.

If you're receiving benefits, contact Jobcentre Plus to find out whether the traineeship will affect your benefit claim.