Is the lack of work experience holding back your job prospects?

Then a Traineeship could be right for you!

City of Wolverhampton College is working with employers who are waiting to help you progress into work. Traineeships unlock your potential and prepare you for your future career by helping you to become ‘work ready’.

Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, Maths and English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job. Employers provide the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme and help unlock your potential.

Each 6 week programme will help you build your skills and confidence to impress potential employers. You will gain experience in the workplace, learn how to apply for jobs, build your CV, prepare for job interviews and learn how to work effectively in teams and communicate in the working world.

Will I be paid?

Work experience placements are unpaid, but employers are encouraged to support expenses such as transport and meals and depending on your circumstances you may be able to access financial support from your training provider, through the 16-19 Bursary Fund or the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund. All training costs are funded by the Government.

Is a Traineeship right for me?

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but who lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. If you have been unsuccessfully applying for Apprenticeships due to a lack of skills and experience then you might be a good candidate for a Traineeship.

You could be suitable for a Traineeship if you:

  • are unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience
  • are motivated to work
  • are aged 16 – 18 inclusive and are qualified below Level 3 OR are aged 19 – 23 inclusive and are qualified below full Level 2

A Traineeship is probably not right for you if you:

  • already have the skills and experience needed to find an Apprenticeship or work
  • are aged 24 plus (unless you are subject to Learning Difficulty Assessments and are aged 16 or over and under 25)
  • are already in a job

You can use this chart to help decide whether a Traineeship is right for you.

Is a Traineeship for me

How do you find a Traineeship?

Call our team of experts on 01902 836000 or email:

If you are in receipt of benefits you should speak to your individual Jobcentre Plus adviser.


City of Wolverhampton College offers Traineeships for young people living in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Walsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bridgnorth, Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area.

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