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Traineeships are the perfect path if young people don't yet have the skills and experience to seek paid employment.

They are designed to help those aged between 16 and 24 gain the skills to achieve their next goal, whether that is progressing into work or finding an Apprenticeship.

Traineeships are part of the Apprenticeship family, but there are several differences between the two.

A Traineeship is a short-term education and training programme with real-life, high-quality work experience, usually lasting between six weeks and six months.

Apprenticeships can be taken at any age, last a number of years and are subject to minimum wage legislation.

Traineeships were launched in 2013, forming a key part of the Government skills agenda, and were developed because many young people who are motivated and focused on gaining employment are unsuccessful finding work.

They are aimed mainly at the unemployed, or those working less than 16 hours a week, and young people who do not hold a full level 3 qualification.

Their main aim is to steer young people away from long-term unemployment by guiding them into other training or even straight into a job - in other words they form a 'bridge' between education and the world of work.

But traineeships are not just like going back to school.

Trainees do learn, but they are doing it because they want to be in the workplace.

Traineeships have three core features which all boost a young person's career prospects:

  • A real-life high-quality work experience placement to help develop the skills needed in the workplace
  • Work preparation training, focusing on skills such CV writing, interview technique, job searching and personal skills
  • English and maths for those without GCSE A*-C or Functional Skills at Level 2 in these subjects

In addition, a Traineeship teaches other crucial 'soft' skills such as teamwork, time-keeping, communication and making the right impression, giving young learners the confidence that comes with having operated in a real work environment.

And to meet the needs and abilities of individuals additional content may also be included by the training provider such as relevant vocational qualifications, sector tasters, ICT skills and careers advice.

Providers don't expect trainees to be the finished article - they are simply looking for motivated young people who are committed to learning.

So the Traineeships offers them an extended opportunity to find out what the young person is capable of and whether they are the right fit for a job or Apprenticeship within their organisation.

They offer providers time to evaluate abilities and attitude - and as most trainees are unemployed the vast majority are eager to work hard and determined to succeed.

The good news is that Traineeships are funded by the Government and while providers don't usually pay wages, some may offer financial support with expenses such as travel or childcare costs.

At Riverside Training we provide plenty of opportunities for Traineeships in childcare - just get in touch to find out more about what we can offer.