Simple, accessible, manageable. Find out more about what Traineeships are, the kinds of learners who may benefit from them and the support Pearson offers you for your Traineeship programmes.

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Who are Traineeships for?

Traineeships are designed for 16 to 24 year olds who want to progress to an apprenticeship, paid employment or further study. They can also form part of the Study Progamme provision for 16 to 19 year olds.

Traineeships are now available to 16 to 24 year olds who already hold a Level 3 qualification. Previously, only those qualified to Level 2 were eligible for the programme.

  • who are not currently in a job and have little work experience, but who are focused on work or the prospect of it
  • who are 16 to 24 year old
  • whom providers and employers believe have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an apprenticeship within 6 months of engaging in a Traineeship

What are Traineeships?

The core content of a Traineeship consists

  • work preparation training
  • work placement
  • English, maths, ESOL or digital skills as necessary.

A flexible element can also be added to help the learner move into work or remove a barrier to them entering work. Traineeships can last from six weeks up to one year (although most will last for less than six months).

Essential Digital Skills requirement

Traineeships now include a requirement to support trainees aged 19+ to improve digital skills where they are assessed as below level one. Trainees who are eligible for the Digital Entitlement can complete this as part of their traineeship.

The ESFA also require Traineeship providers to support the development of any digital skills that are part of an occupational standard published by The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education being linked to in the vocational learning element (the Flexible element).

Pearson Support for Traineeship Programmes

We can help you create bespoke Traineeships with provision to support each element of the programme:  

  • Work preparation - Employability, well-being and behaviours provision to prepare learners for their work placement
  • English, maths, ESOL, and digital skills
  • Flexible element - Sector specific provision to help learners progress into employment, apprenticeships, or further study