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What is a Traineeship?


A Traineeship is a skills programme that includes a work placement. It lasts for a minimum of 6 weeks to a maximum of 1 year, although most will last for less than 6 months. A Traineeship programme is an excellent way to prepare young people for an apprenticeship or for entry to the labour market.

We have provided information on the benefits for learners/job seekers, education and training providers and employers in this section. Select the relevant box at the bottom of this page for information customised for you.

A Traineeship programme should lead to employment, including self-employment, an apprenticeship or further learning at level 2 or level 3.

The core offer includes the following mandatory elements:

• Work-preparation training
• Work placement with an employer of a minimum of 70 hours
• English, Maths or ESOL

Training Providers can also include sector focussed technical qualifications and professional qualifications to help the learner prepare for occupational standards within apprenticeships.

Employers who make new work placement opportunities available make also receive an incentive payment of £1000 per learning for up to 10 learners.

On this page you will find information on how to put together a Traineeship package, the sector-specific qualifications you can include, government advice on Traineeships and more useful information tailored to your needs, depending on whether you want to employ a trainee, deliver traineeship qualifications, or if you’re someone looking for a route into a rewarding career and think a traineeship might be an option for you.

How to build a Traineeship programme with VTCT

The Traineeship model

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VTCT Traineeships

VTCT has created routes for learners that directly support the Traineeship model. At the heart of each route are practical based sector skills qualifications to help learners move into work.

There are five sizes of qualifications at level 1 and level 2 to choose from; Award, Extended Award, Certificate or Extended Certificate alongside qualifications in work experience, employability skills and preparing to set up a new business.

VTCT offers you a flexible approach which can be tailored to meet the needs of the learner by choosing one qualification from each section at the appropriate level to fulfil the requirements of the learner’s programme.

Select from the menu on the right to see the available qualifications for each sector that we cover.