Step to Employment – Traineeship

Step to Employment – Traineeship

The Step to Employment Traineeship is a practical and engaging route to employment for young people. The programme combines employability training, English & Maths qualifications, and a minimum of 70 hours of work experience with an exciting employer that wants to nurture and develop new talent.

To apply for this programme, scroll to the bottom of the page or click here.

The programme is designed to help young people gain the necessary skills and experience to progress into employment, further education or an apprenticeship. We are also working with a number of employers who have positions available such as marketing, business administration, customer service, etc, and are interested in offering paid positions to the right candidate(s) following successful completion of the Traineeship programme.

Some of the fantastic employers you could work for after completion of the Traineeship include Fire Tech Camp, Drive Forward, Make Me Local, and Croydon Council, amongst many more. Our employers are offering a diverse selection of roles from Marketing and Customer Service Associates, Content Streamer roles, Trainee Bookkeepers, through to Graphic Design Interns, and Administration Support Officers.

Industries our current Traineeship employers work in include:

  • Customer Service
  • Administration
  • Support Teaching & Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistant)
  • Care
  • Digital Media / Marketing
  • Games Development
  • Construction
  • Warehousing & Logistics

During your time on the programme you will learn key employability skills that will help you succeed in any work environment, such as workplace behaviors, office IT skills, teamwork and communication. You will have the chance to put these skills into practice in a 70 hour work placement at an employer selected to meet your career aims and interests.

The programme will also include 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, how to prepare for interviews, and help you to identify what roles and careers are most suited to you.

You will have a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of teachers supporting you to achieve success. At the end of the course, learners are supported to progress into a job, an apprenticeship or further study.

We also have a pool of prizes to hand out to selected Trainees that complete and achieve on the programme, ranging from Chromebook laptops, retail vouchers so that you can purchase some fresh new work clothes. We want to support you in having access to everything you need to successfully find employment, so to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, sign up and successfully complete the Traineeship Programme.

Type of programme: Traineeship

Course Length: On average, students spend 12 weeks on the programme.

Course Days: Monday to Friday 9.30 am -4.15 pm (breaks in between)

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, is 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.


If you are aged 16 to 18, you can join the course in a classroom near you. If you are aged 19 to 24 (or up to 25 with an EHCP), you can join the course remotely through Google classroom.
Works experience placements may be online or at the employer's business address, depending on the nature of the placement. A bursary is available for learners that meet the bursary eligibility criteria to assist with travel and lunch costs.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be eligible to work in England, have little or no work experience but are motivated to work, aged 16 to 24 (or up to 25 with an EHCP), and can be qualified up to level 3. Learners must have at least Entry 3 English (or initial assessment identifying they are operating at Entry 3 in English) and Entry 2 Maths (or initial assessment identifying they are operating at Entry 2 Maths). Learners must be willing to undertake a minimum of 70 hours of work experience.


Level 1 Certificate in Personal Development for Employability which includes taster units in the Business Administration, Retail and Healthcare sectors. Level 1 Award in Customer Service. Level 1 Essential Digital Skills. If you don’t have a GCSE grade 4 or above, you will also study Maths and English Functional Skills up to Level 2.

Who is this course for?

The Step to Employment Traineeship is for young people between the ages of 16-24 (up to 25 with an EHCP) that want to develop their employability skills, confidence, and workplace skills in a supported environment, with the view of progressing into permanent employment or an apprenticeship after completion. Applicants must be work-ready to take part in this programme.

Course Benefits

  • Experienced and friendly tutors who really know how to get the best out of young people!
  • Sector-focused vocational learning to help prepare you for your apprenticeship or job and recognition of your learning
  • A high-quality work placement of at least 70 hours
  • Possible employment opportunities if you impress the employer you work with
  • Help to source employment or apprenticeship at the end of the course
  • Achieve a Level 1 Certificate in Personal Development for Employability
  • Achieve Functional Skills Maths & English (if not previously attained)
  • Financial support for travel, childcare or a disability (if eligible for a bursary)
  • Support from your local Jobcentre Plus if you are eligible for in-work benefits
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with an employer with written feedback
  • Prizes to be won ranging from Chromebooks to retail vouchers that will help support you in your search for employment

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

We have a variety of start dates every month. Next start date: 11th October 2021.


Monday to Friday, 9.30 am -4.15 pm (breaks in between)


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.

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