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Traineeships

Traineeships

Here you’ll find useful information about traineeships and how to find a training placement.


What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is for young people aged 16-18 in Wales.

A Traineeship is a learning programme that gives you the skills needed to get a job or progress to further learning or an apprenticeship in the future.


Why should I do a Traineeship?

  • A Traineeship gives you the opportunity to have a taste of a job you might be interested in before you commit to a course or apprenticeship
  • You’ll be paid for doing a Traineeship and you’ll receive support from your employer to develop your skills and knowledge further
  • A Traineeship will help you move into paid work, an apprenticeship or further education

How does a Traineeship work?

Traineeships have three different levels to make sure you get the right support. A Traineeship does not have a time limit; it is based on the needs of the individual learner.

Who is this for? 
Lots of people start on Engagement. This may be an option for you if:

  • You are not sure what you want to do as a career
  • You need some support to take part in employment and education

 

What will I get from Engagement?
Engagement will help prepare you for working or full time learning.

 

What happens on Engagement?
Engagement might include:

  • Work placements
  • Community projects or
  • Training at where you are learning

 

Will I be paid?
Yes, you’ll get an allowance of £30.00 per week (for full time attendance). You can also claim for travel costs over £3.00 a week and claim child care costs and other support costs you might have.

 

How many hours a week will I do?
On Engagement you’ll do between 12 and 21 hours for the first 4 weeks then between 21 and 30 hours for the following weeks you are on Engagement.

The hours will be agreed with you, your careers adviser and the training provider when you meet.

Who is this for?
This level is for you if:

  • You know what career you want to do
  • You have the ability to start learning at Level 1

 

What will I get from Level 1?
On the Level 1 programme you will do work experience and get a Level 1 qualification in the subject you have chosen. There is a chance that your work experience could also become a permanent job.

 

What happens on the Level 1 programme?
Level 1 might include:

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

 

Will I be paid?
Yes, you’ll have an allowance of £50.00 per week (for full time attendance). You can also claim for travel costs over £5.00 per week and claim any childcare costs and other support costs.

 

How many hours a week will I do?
On Level 1 you will do between 30-40 hours a week.

Who is this for?
This level is for you if:

  • You have finished Level 1 and are ready for full time employment
  • You are currently employed or have an employer who is prepared to give you a job

 

What will I get from Level 2?
You will achieve a Level 2 qualification whilst you are working

 

What happens on the Level 2 programme?
Level 2 might include:

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

 

Will I be paid?
Yes, you’ll have an allowance of £50.00 per week (for full time attendance). You can also claim for travel costs over £5.00 per week and claim any childcare costs and other support costs.

 

How many hours a week will I do?
The hours will depend on what is agreed between you and your employer.


I’m interested in a Traineeship. What do I need to do?

You need to see a Careers Wales Careers Adviser who will discuss your career ideas with you and refer you on to a suitable Traineeship programme.

If you are still in school - speak to your school Career Adviser

If you have left school contact Careers Wales to speak to a Career Adviser 



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