Traineeships

What is a Traineeship?

TraineeshipA Traineeship is for young people aged 16-17 in Wales; although if you are aged 18 and have left school or college you could also apply.  You will gain the skills you need to get a job or progress to further learning at a higher level such as an Apprenticeship or Further Education.

Where can it get you?

A Traineeship will give you the support, skills and qualifications you need to move into paid work, an Apprenticeship or to go into learning at a higher level.  Also, what you learn will look good to employers.

What will it involve?

Traineeships have three different levels to make sure that you get the support and backing you need to progress: ‘Engagement’, ‘Level 1’ and ‘Level 2 - Bridge to Employment’.

  • Engagement

    Who is this for?
    Lots of people start here.  This is for you if you are not sure what you want to do for a career or if you need some support to take part in employment or other learning.

    What will it give me?
    It will prepare you for the world of work or full-time learning.

    What will I do?
    It might include:

    • Work placements
    • Community projects, or
    • Training at the premises of your place of learning, to help get you ready

     

    What will I be paid?

    • An allowance of £30.00 per week (for full-time attendance)

     

    Also you can

    • Claim for travel costs over £3.00 per week
    • Claim for childcare costs and other support costs

    How many hours a week will I do?
    Between 12 and 21 hours for the first 4 weeks, then between 21 and 30 hours.  This will be agreed by your careers adviser and the training provider when you meet them.

    Interested?
    See what to do next below

  • Level 1

    Who is this for?
    You can start at this level.  This is for you if you know what career you want to follow and have the ability to start learning at Level 1.

    What will it give me?
    Work experience and a Level 1 qualification in the subject you have chosen.  Your work placement could also become a permanent job.

    What will I do?
    It might include:

    • Work placements
    • Community projects, or
    • Training in the training centre
    • Gaining skills and learning towards achieving a Level 1 qualification

    What will I be paid?

    • An allowance of £50.00 per week (for full-time attendance)

    Also you can

    • Claim for travel costs over £5.00 per week
    • Claim for childcare costs and other support costs

    How many hours a week will I do?
    Not less than 30 hours per week and no more than 40 hours per week

    Interested?
    See what to do next below

  • Level 2 - Bridge to Employment

    Who is this for?
    You can start at this level if you have finished Level 1 and are ready for full-time employment.  You will also need to either be employed or have an employer who is prepared to give you a job. 

    What will it give me?
    A Level 2 qualification in the subject you have chosen, gained while you are working.

    What will I do?
    It might include:

    • Training with your provider alongside your employer
    • Gaining learning and skills towards achieving a Level 2 qualification

    What will I be paid?

    • An minimum of £50.00 per week

    Also you can

    • Claim for travel costs over £5.00 per week
    • Claim for childcare costs and other support costs

    How many hours a week will I do?
    As agreed with your employer.

    Interested?
    See what to do next below

What do I need to do next?

  • You need to see a Careers Wales careers adviser.
  •  If you are still in school, see your Careers Wales school adviser.  They will help you to decide what you want to do after you leave school.
  • If you have left school contact Careers Wales for an appointment with an adviser.  They will talk to you about your options and what you would like to do.  They will be able to refer you on to a Traineeship programme.
  • Or call Careers Wales Connect on 0800 028 4844.  Lines are open between 9am and 9pm Monday to Friday or 9am and 12 noon on Saturday.

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