Step to Employment – Traineeship

Step to Employment – Traineeship

This Traineeship programme is a short course designed for young people who want to move into employment or into an apprenticeship. It is a great combination of studying and work experience placement.

Over 14 weeks you will learn the key employability skills that will help you succeed in any workplace, such as workplace behaviours, office IT skills, teamwork and communication.

You will then get the chance to put these skills into practice in a two-week work placement at an employer selected to meet your career aims.

You will have the opportunity to learn about working in different sectors of work environments – business administration/support services, customer service in the retail sector and Health & Social Care including Early Years.

This will give you a really good opportunity to think about what kind of job you are best suited to.

If you don’t have a GCSE grade 4 or above, you will also be able to study Maths and English Functional Skills up to Level 2.

The course will also enhance your employability skills by creating a personal plan and setting short and long-term goals, preparing a good quality CV, learning how to target your CV to specific job adverts and how to prepare for interviews. In the placement you will put into practice the employability skills learnt on the course and gain much-needed experience in the workplace.

At the end of the course, learners are supported to progress into a job, an apprenticeship or further study.

You will have a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of teachers supporting you to achieve success.

Next Start: 7th December 2020

Type of programme: Traineeship.

Course Length: 14 weeks.

Course Days: Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri 9.45 am – 4.20 pm

What is a Traineeship

A traineeship is an education and training programme which incorporates work experience, preparing young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Designed for people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

A traineeship has three core elements:

  • A high-quality work experience placement with an employer.
  • Work preparation training, provided by the training organisation.
  • English and maths support, if required, provided by the training organisation.

Traineeships last anything up to a maximum of 6 months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual.

Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement and traineeships are exempt from the Minimum Wage. Young people taking part in traineeships will be undertaking education and training and some may qualify for financial support, including the 16-19 Bursary Fund.


The course will be taught predominantly online. However, a small number of “in-person” sessions may be required throughout the course to support the student group and overall learning programme. On these occasions, we will support learners with travel costs and if you are not able to attend these sessions due to concerns around the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, we will ensure that you can still participate remotely.

Entry Requirements

Learners should be eligible to work in England, have little or no work experience but are motivated to work, aged 16 to 24 - or 25 with an EHC plan - and qualified up to level 3.


Level 1 Certificate in Personal Development for Employability which includes taster units in the Business Administration, Retail and Childcare sectors. Functional Skills English and Maths.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed to help unemployed young people aged between 16-24 to develop the skills they need to find, stay and progress into work, education and an apprenticeship.

Course Benefits

  • Financial support for travel, childcare or a disability
  • Support from your local Jobcentre Plus if you are eligible for work benefits
  • A high-quality work placement of at least 70 hours
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with an employer with written feedback
  • Sector-focused vocational learning to help prepare you for your apprenticeship or job and recognition of your learning
  • Help to source employment or apprenticeship at the end of the course
  • Experienced and friendly tutors who really know how to get the best out of young people!
  • At a time when young people face even more challenge and competition in the labour market from older and more experienced workers, a traineeship can be the step up that they need to launch their career and enter the labour market.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the following quick form and we will be in contact to support you with your application. You will receive useful information about whether you are eligible for government funding, course fees, start dates and much more.

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Quick Facts

Start Dates

7th December 2020

End Date

1st April 2021


Mon - Thu 9.45 am – 4.20 pm


Fully funded subject to eligibility criteria

During the Christmas holidays, LLC offices will be closed from the 18th December 2020 and we will re-open the 4th January 2021.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.