What is a Traineeship?
Traineeships have recently been introduced as a way to prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.
Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, maths, English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job.
With Traineeships, businesses can develop the next generation of employees, ensuring a pipeline of talented young people with the personal and practical skills and experience required in the labour market.
- Developed with employers, Traineeships offered by TSP Learn may last last between 2-5 months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual
- The Employer provides a high quality work experience placement, including an exit interview – or a job interview if a role becomes available – and a reference at the end of the placement
- The Employer is not required to pay young people taking part in Traineeships but are encouraged to support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals
A Trainee will usually be expected to attend your work placement, based on full-time working hours. We provide weekly tutorial sessions with one of our tutors.
Work Placement & Preparation
The most important aspects of the Traineeship are the work preparation and placement elements. We want the Trainee to be given the opportunity to work in a real working environment and gain valuable experience and skills that you can then use as part of their CV and during interviews for jobs.
We will be working with the Trainee to cover:
- Using ICT for job search and applications
- CV writing
- Building personal statements from a person specification
- Interview techniques
English and Maths Functional Skills
We will be working with the Trainee to establish what level of skills they already have and areas of particular difficulty that they have in both English and Maths. We will then be working through training exercises that will help them to develop their ability in these key areas that are covered by Function Skills and iGCSE qualifications at level 1 and 2.
Other Professional Skills
We are keen to ensure that we provide the Trainee with personal and professional development that will help prepare them for an Apprenticeship or their first entry into the world of work. We will therefore cover some topics that are central to many organisations such as Customer Service skills and an understanding of important topics such as effective teamwork and e-safety.
Who are Traineeships for?
Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but who lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Young people who have been applying unsuccessfully for Apprenticeship vacancies due to a lack of skills or experience could be good candidates for a Traineeship.
Suitable for Traineeships
- Unemployed and have a little work experience
- Motivated to work
- Aged 16 to 24 and qualified below level 3
- Can be ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a Traineeship
Unsuitable for Traineeships
- Already have the skills and experience needed to start an Apprenticeship or find work
- The most disengaged young people, who require very intensive support
- Aged 24 plus (unless they have a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25)
- Already in a job