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What's included in a traineeship?

Traineeships are a great way to build experience and improve your employability. We have previously taken a look at exactly who traineeships are designed for, but here you can find out everything that’s included if you do decide to take one on. 

Providing essential skills 

The skills you develop as part of your traineeship will help you to not only have a better chance of landing your dream job in construction, but also improve on essential skills for that role. You will learn techniques and processes first-hand, which could set you apart from other candidates for jobs.  

Employability support 

A traineeship will be tailored to your specific needs and help you improve your chances of getting work after it is complete. This includes help with writing a CV and cover letters, plus preparing for interviews.  

At the end of your traineeship, you may be offered an interview for an apprenticeship or full-time job. If this isn’t an option, you will still be given an exit interview and written feedback that you can use to secure work or further training elsewhere. 

Hands-on work experience 

A traineeship provides you with hands-on experience of a job role, without the full commitment. You can gain experience and see if a job is suited to you, or build up skills that you can take with you to your next role or use to make yourself a more desirable candidate further down your career path.  

Help with English and Maths 

A traineeship is also a great option if you have limited qualifications. If you don’t hold at least a GCSE grade 4 (or the equivalent) in English and Maths, some of your traineeship will take place in a classroom. This will help you work towards those qualifications and improve your skills in these particular areas. 

Coaching and mentoring 

Part of a traineeship is coaching and mentoring, which will be tailored to each individual trainee. You can ask for help in certain areas of work, or to improve skills that you feel less sure of. It also helps you, if you have little to no experience of being in a work environment, to feel more comfortable and understand what might be expected of you.  

Work preparation training 

Maybe you don’t have any work experience yet, or limited experience in the construction industry. A traineeship prepares you for the workplace, showing you what’s expected and what skills and experience an employer looks for.  

Where can I find out more about traineeships? 

We have a guide to traineeships, but the official Government resources on traineeships,  are also useful, giving an overview of the current rules and regulations for applying.  You can also search for traineeships via Talentview.

Find out if you’re eligible for a traineeship 

You can apply for a traineeship if you are: 

  • Eligible to work in England 
  • Have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • Aged 16 to 24 - or 25 with an EHC plan
  • Qualified up to level 3 (GCSE level). 

Don’t qualify for a traineeship? 

If you don’t qualify for a traineeship, there are other ways to get into the construction industry or improve your employability. You might be eligible for T levels, a two-year technical qualification equivalent to three A levels, or able to take up some work experience to gain vital experience in the sector.  

Find out more about the kind of job roles in construction that are available to you, plus more on apprenticeships and your options for getting started in the industry.  

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