What is a Traineeship?

If you are ready for work but need some help getting into a job, a traineeship could be the ideal way to kick start your career. A traineeship is a programme with a mix of study and a work placement, designed to provide you with the skills and experience to progress to an apprenticeship, employment or a course of further learning. The study elements are aimed at building the skills that employers are looking for in their employees – usually called employability skills.

Traineeships are for young people aged 16 – 24 who have not already obtained a full level 3 qualification eg. 2 or more A Levels or equivalent.

Where It Will Lead

After you have completed a traineeship programme, you could go on to an apprenticeship (see information sheet NC900), or move on to a further course of learning with us. A successful traineeship could also lead to employment, perhaps with your placement employer if you have made a good impression.

Course Requirements

You must be aged between 16 and 24 and have not yet achieved a full Level 3 qualification. You should have little or no work experience and be focused on gaining employment or an apprenticeship. You should be keen to develop your own employability skills in the classroom and the workplace.

Your suitability for the programme will be determined at a meeting with programme staff.

Study Programme

The traineeship programme is designed to be completed in 12 weeks. This can be extended up to 6 months by agreement. The first 4 weeks will be based in college. You will cover employability skills and personal development for 6 hours per week. During this time, you will be able to complete a range of short courses to help you to prepare for the workplace. Examples include: Level 1 Award in CV Writing, Ascentis Level 1 in Personal Finance and a Level 2 NCFE Health and Safety for the Workplace.

If you have not gained a GCSE grade C or better in English and/or mathematics you will continue to work towards the appropriate qualification in these subjects across the 12 weeks.

After the first 4 weeks in college, you will move into a work placement for 3 - 5 days a week, to develop your skills on the job. We will support you in your placement with weekly contact from a placement tutor.


A range of assessment methods are used including portfolios of work, online tests and national exams.


During the programme your weekly hours will vary but it is considered a full time programme. For the first 4 weeks in college, you will study between 14 and 18 hours. When you start your placement your overall hours will be similar to a full time job with 1 or 2 day(s) in college and 3 to 4 days in the workplace.


The classroom based parts of the programme are taught in standard college classrooms with access to IT resources.


You will be expected to cover transport costs to your work placement. You should be prepared to purchase appropriate clothing for your work placement. Support may be available via Student Services if your household has a low income.

Employers will be likely to provide any specialist safety clothing if it is needed.

Further Information

For more information about this course, including work which you may wish to do in preparation, please contact the New College Employability team:

Tel: 01793 732887