'I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.'' David Bowie
Traineeships are designed to help students prepare for either an apprenticeship or work.
To help students apply and be prepared for apprenticeship schemes, the government have introduced these short traineeship programs, a combination of work experience and learning.
A trainee program will also help anyone who wants to enter an apprenticeship scheme gain the necessary requirements of basic English or Maths qualifications.
Traineeships are work placements can that last from 6 weeks to 6 months.
Anyone aged between 16 and 24 years can apply.
Students work for 16 hours a week.
All traineeship programs are paid for by the government.
Trainees are not paid, but generally, employers offer them financial help with travel costs, childcare if needed, and possibly lunch money.
Many organisations that provide apprenticeship schemes also run traineeship programs, and students can, therefore, continue onto an apprenticeship program after they complete the initial training program.
We have begun to create independent reviews of apprenticeship programmes (really getting under the skin of organisations to see how they tick in terms of their current and future apprenticeships offers), to give teachers, careers advisers, parents and pupils a reliable and insightful view of what each apprenticeship offers, in the short and in the long term, and of who it suits.
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