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Traineeships allow you to nurture the next generation helping your business to develop a loyal, talented workforce.

What is a traineeship?

A traineeship gives an individual the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the sector they are interested in, while also improving their employability skills, English and Maths. It can help them progress to a full-time job, apprenticeship or further education.

Traineeships: Employers

As the employer, you’ll have the flexibility to teach trainees job-specific skills aligned to your industry and business. Amongst many benefits, it will also give your current employees the opportunity to build their own mentoring and coaching skills supporting the trainee.

If you are interested in supporting a trainee through the work-based learning element of the Traineeship you should contact SERC who are the local further education training provider.

Participating employers agree to provide a minimum of 20% (one day per week) of the programme as work-based learning. The college will work with employers to place trainees and to monitor and track progress on all aspects of work-based learning.

Traineeships: Trainees

The Traineeship programme will be delivered by the six regional colleges of Further Education with support for work based learning being provided by local employers.

The Traineeship programme will allow you to achieve a full Level 2 qualification, and will include the following key elements:

  • a main knowledge based qualification in the chosen occupational area
  • vocational skills development
  • transversal and digital skills
  • work placement
  • lead to a Traineeship certificate plus qualifications equivalent to 5 GCSEs including Maths and English Grades A* to C
  • additional qualifications deemed necessary for work within a sector for example Health and Safety, CSR, manual handling

If you successfully complete the traineeship, you will receive a full Traineeship certificate plus other qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C (including English and Mathematics qualifications at level 2).

The Traineeship will usually take two years to complete on a full time basis. 

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Contact SERC

To find out more about Traineeships and how you can get involved contact Victoria Boyd, Training Programmes Manager, SERC