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A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

You can apply if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England

  • unemployed and have little or no work experience

  • aged 19 to 24 and qualified up to and including Level 3 (equivalent to A Level)

You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.

You’ll get:

  • help with getting work, such as writing a CV and finding a job

  • a work placement of 71 hours or more

  • help with the skills you’ll need for an apprenticeship or job in the area you want to work in

  • a job interview or feedback from an employer

  • help with English, maths and basic digital skills (if you need it)

You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

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