A traineeship is an ideal way to get valuable work experience and develop your interview skills in preparation for employment, an apprenticeship or further study on a college course.

The Learning Unlimited traineeship programme has been designed to provide new opportunities for people looking to get their career started. You’ll complete a course that focuses on developing the vital skills, knowledge and confidence to apply jobs, apprenticeship vacancies or further study.

Am I eligible?

If you’re aged between 16-24, are currently unemployed and haven’t yet achieved a Level 3 qualification (such as A Levels, a degree, HND or BTEC National Diploma) then you are eligible for a traineeship.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a flexible programme of study combined with a work placement. Before you sign up, you’ll meet our recruitment team so they can assess your suitability and talk to you about your long term career goals.

You’ll then spend time in your local Learning Unlimited centre working on your communication skills, preparing your CV and improving your interview techniques.

Learning Unlimited has partnerships with reputable employers throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and the North West, which means we are able to offer work placements in a wide range of different industries and job roles, from engineering, business administration and hairdressing to customer service, marketing and retail. We’ll try and match you with an employer who matches your long term career goals or, if you’re unsure about your future career choice, you can try working in a few different areas before making a final decision.

Throughout the working week you’ll spend time with your employer gaining work experience and time with the Learning Unlimited team building your confidence in preparation for an apprenticeship, employment or further study.

How long does a traineeship last?

It depends on your work placement and your own development. Most traineeships take 8-12 weeks on average, but they can last up to six months. You may find that you need extra time to prepare yourself for job and college interviews, or you may become ready for your next step much earlier. Traineeships have been designed to be flexible to suit different people and different needs.

What happens at the end of my traineeship?

At the end of your traineeship our advisors will work with you to help you secure an apprenticeship, a job or further training on a college course. Some trainees make such a good impression at their work placement, they secure a job or an apprenticeship with the employer. At the very least, you will be interviewed, receive feedback and a reference from your work placement, as well as some valuable experience to put on your CV.

Want to find out more about traineeships? Contact our traineeship team on 01246 500701.

Traineeships are a great way to equip young people with the skills they need to move on to an apprenticeship and to make sure we are recruiting people with the right qualities. With the traineeship programme we wouldn’t have found our latest engineering apprentice, who is proving to be a real star.
Linda Brailsford, Business Administration and HR Manager, Aerodyn Engineering in Derby