Here you’ll find useful information about traineeships and how to find a training placement.

What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is for young people aged 16-18 in Wales.

A Traineeship is a learning programme that gives you the skills needed to get a job or progress to further learning or an apprenticeship in the future.

Why should I do a Traineeship?

  • A Traineeship gives you the opportunity to have a taste of a job you might be interested in before you commit to a course or apprenticeship
  • You’ll be paid for doing a Traineeship and you’ll receive support from your employer to develop your skills and knowledge further
  • A Traineeship will help you move into paid work, an apprenticeship or further education

How does a Traineeship work?

Traineeships have three different levels to make sure you get the right support. A Traineeship does not have a time limit; it is based on the needs of the individual learner.

Level 1

Who is this for?
This level is for you if:

  • You know what career you want to do
  • You have the ability to start learning at Level 1

What will I get from Level 1?
On the Level 1 programme you will do work experience and get a Level 1 qualification in the subject you have chosen. There is a chance that your work experience could also become a permanent job.

What happens on the Level 1 programme?
Level 1 might include:

  • Work placements
  • Community projects
  • Training in a training centre
  • Gaining skills and learning towards achieving a Level 1 qualification

Will I be paid?
Yes, you’ll have an allowance of £50.00 per week (for full time attendance). You can also claim for travel costs over £5.00 per week and claim any childcare costs and other support costs.

How many hours a week will I do?
On Level 1 you will do between 30-40 hours a week.Level 2

Level 2

Who is this for?
This level is for you if:

  • You have finished Level 1 and are ready for full time employment
  • You are currently employed or have an employer who is prepared to give you a job

What will I get from Level 2?
You will achieve a Level 2 qualification whilst you are working.

What happens on the Level 2 programme?
Level 2 might include:

  • Training with your provider alongside your employer
  • Gaining learning and skills towards achieving a Level 2 qualification

Will I be paid?
Yes, you’ll have an allowance of £50.00 per week (for full time attendance). You can also claim for travel costs over £5.00 per week and claim any childcare costs and other support costs.

How many hours a week will I do?
The hours will depend on what is agreed between you and your employer.

I’m interested in a Traineeship. What do I need to do?

You need to see a Careers Wales Careers Adviser who will discuss your career ideas with you and refer you on to a suitable Traineeship programme.

If you are still in school – speak to your school Career Adviser