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Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, Maths and English and work experience and act as a short cut when applying for an Apprenticeship or another job training opportunity.

Employers looking for a potential Apprentice provide the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme. The course is a minimum of 6 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks.

While on the programme you will work towards:

  • Employability Skills qualification Level 1
  • English & Maths Functional Skills

There may also be the possibility of working towards a certificate in the subject area you are interested in.

Who is a Traineeship for?

Traineeships are for young people aged 16 to 23 inclusive, or those with a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25, who are motivated to work but who have been unsuccessful in securing an Apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and/or experience.

Young people aged 16-18 and qualified below Level 3 (equivalent to two or more A-Level passes), or those aged 19-23 and qualified below Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C) could be eligible for a Traineeship if they are unemployed, or work fewer than 16 hours per week, and have little work experience.

The age range ‘16-18’ refers to individuals aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the funding year in which they start. The age range ‘19-23’ refers to individuals aged 19 or older on 31 August in the funding year that they start but are not aged 24 or older.

Traineeships are not suitable for those who work more than 16 hours per week, or who have the necessary skills and experience to find work. People aged 24 and over will not be eligible unless they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25.

Young people who are very disengaged will also not be suitable as they require more intensive support. Traineeships are designed for motivated individuals who think they could be ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of engaging in the programme.

How to apply for a Traineeship

There are several options available for young people interested in a Traineeship. Candidates can register for free on the National Apprenticeship Service website,, to apply for Traineeship opportunities and to receive alerts, or apply directly to John Ruskin College on our web site or email the Apprenticeship Team on or telephone 020 8652 1131 ext 127.

Any young people in receipt of benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance should speak to their Jobcentre Plus adviser for more information and advice about Traineeships.

Alternatively, young people wishing to discuss their education and career options, including Traineeships, can contact the National Careers Service. This is a free service which supports, encourages and inspires people at every stage of their working life, providing the right tools and advising on the right steps to take at the right time. Visit the National Careers Service or call 0800 100 900.

What next after a Traineeship?

After their Traineeship comes to an end, each young person will be offered a job interview if a role becomes available or exit interview and a reference if no role is available. A successful job interview will mean that the young person can move into a job or Apprenticeship straight away with the company who provided their Traineeship.

The National Careers Service can provide advice for young people who have completed a Traineeship and are unsure of their next step. Visit the National Careers Service or call 0800 100 900.

Alternatively, former trainees can start applying for Apprenticeships online via the National Apprenticeship Service website,, which can also be accessed via the Av Search app for iPhone and Android. With a Traineeship on their CV, they will also be in a great position to start applying for Apprenticeships and other work.


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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.