Flying high with your future - Traineeships

Traineeships are another work-based study programme for 16 to 24 year olds who are not in employment (from six weeks to a year).

Traineeships are another work based study programme for 16 to 24 year olds who are not in employment (from 6 weeks to a year) although most are less than 6 months. The aim is to support young people to develop their work skills in order to gain paid employment. A traineeship can be a stepping stone into an apprenticeship or employment and give you an opportunity to shine in employment. It gives you real hands-on experience with an employer to learn useful skills. For more information visit the traineeship page on the government website.

Type of Provision

Name of Provider


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North Yorkshire adult learning skill service (NYALSS)


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How to decide?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?


Supported Internship


Further Education



  • real work experience
  • just for young people with an EHCP so work place will be aware of inclusivity
  • minimum of 26 weeks on work placement
  • useful experience to add to CV
  • some professional qualifications gained sooner
  • free training and studies
  • paid NMW whilst on apprenticeship
  • focus on training for a specific job
  • can gain degree through scheme
  • can study degree after scheme
  • some professions require A-levels or a degree
  • gives maximum career flexibility
  • can work part-time
  • emphasis is on education, learning and/or specific career
  • ability to network with peers
  • can gain work experience in longer holidays
  • real work experience
  • opportunity to gain invaluable work experience
  • traineeship can be from 6 weeks to a year (though most last for less than 6 months)
  • training is also provided
  • can lead to apprenticeship or employment


  • unpaid
  • 12 months commitment
  • no guarantee of a job
  • not available with all professions
  • limited networking opportunity
  • working while studying can be challenging
  • can limit career path
  • no job guarantees afterwards
  • may have to compete with graduates for jobs
  • requires certain level of GCSE qualification
  • qualifying for some professions takes a long time
  • student finances
  • no guarantee of a job afterwards
  • unpaid
  • must be unemployed and 16 to 24 years old
  • no guarantee of a job

Other things to consider

  • will you enjoy your course? Will it get you closer to where you want to be?
  • money - will you be able to afford this route? Are there any grants to help you? 
  • will you want or need an advocate for you at meetings? If so who?
  • moving on support - what sort of support will you get to help you move to your new education provider?
  • transport - how will you get to where you need to be and how long will it take? How much will it cost?
  • regular support - what extra support do you need and will you get it? If you have one, will your education, health and care plan continue?

Travel Information

The post-16 travel assistance that we provide is covered by the Post-16 transport policy statement and is published on the 31 of May each year for consideration on all September course intakes.

See our transport to sixth form or college page.