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Traineeships Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for a traineeship?

You can express an interest with WAES and we will let you know of current vacancies and provide advice and guidance to ensure you select the right programmes for you.

When can I apply for a traineeship?

Applications for Traineeships are open throughout the year. Some employers only hire at certain times, but as the programmes are quite short a majority of employers hire cohorts across the year.

Is there other criteria I must meet to qualify for a traineeship?

You need be between 19-24 years or over to be eligible for this course. You will also be required to sit an initial assessment at an advice and guidance session to determine whether the course is suitable for you. You need to have a Literacy/English level to at least Entry Level 3 standard – this will be determined in the initial assessment. If you do not meet this level, we may suggest you be referred onto a different course. Your highest qualification cannot be higher than Level 3.

You will also need to provide:

  • A completed self-declaration to show currently not working
  • Proof of ID and residency
    • Passport or Full Birth Certificate + 2 proofs of address (no older than 3 months)

Do I get any qualifications with a Traineeship?

All Trainees will gain qualifications in the following:

  • A formal qualification in a vocational subject including technical skills development
  • An employability qualification including soft skills development
  • English and maths qualifications (if required*)

[* If a trainee holds either GCSE maths and English at Grace C or 4 and above OR has a Level 2 Functional Skills maths and English development will not be required.]

What’s the difference between work experience and a traineeship?

With work experience, you won’t be getting qualifications and the experience may not be as structured as a traineeship. You also won’t be as involved in work preparation training on a work experience placement. A traineeship gives you an opportunity to go to workshops for writing CVs, cover letters, applications for jobs and interview preparation.

What’s the difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship?

Traineeships are a lot shorter in duration than an apprenticeship and are a lot more focussed on work. With a traineeship you will focus on shorter qualifications whereas the Apprenticeship standards are longer and allow your career to develop in full often at a much higher level. You also don’t usually get paid as a trainee.

Can I choose a specific area to work in?

There are many areas you can gain experience in, ranging from Accounts, Customer Service, Information Technology, Graphic Design and Construction. This allows you to experience the environment to ensure it is the correct career pathway for you.

Does it cost me anything?

Though you won't be paid during your traineeship we will ensure that you are not out of pocket and your travel expenses can be paid.

Do I get paid doing a traineeship?

You won’t get paid doing a traineeship however if you claim Universal Credit you can continue to do so and you will not be out of pocket.

Will I get a job at the end of the traineeship?

A job is not always guaranteed at the end of a Traineeship. However, some employers may use it as a pre-Apprenticeship programme to find suitable candidates to train long-term. If this doesn't happen, you'll still have gained valued skills which will prepare you for a career, whether that means applying for an Apprenticeship or other employment. WAES will also provide specialist support to help with your next steps and progression.

Are traineeships recognised by employers?

Employers do recognise traineeships as a valuable scheme. Several large businesses are now using traineeships as part of their recruitment process to find those best suited to the roles on offer.

How long does it last?

Each traineeship length varies, though they can last anywhere from six weeks to twelve months and are often flexible depending on your circumstances (such as if you have a part-time job). Most of those offered by WAES are 12 weeks in duration.


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