Pre-apprenticeships (traineeships)

Apply for a pre-apprenticeship (traineeship) programme.

Keen to get started in your career - but don't have any work experience?

Not yet got English and Maths qualifications - and wondering what to do next?

A pre-apprenticeship - otherwise known as a traineeship - may be exactly what you need.

Pre-apprenticeships last from 16 weeks to six months.

What's involved in a pre-apprenticeship?

Watch a short video about pre-apprenticeships.

Pre-apprenticeships combine work experience with learning employability skills.

You'll get:

  • A 100-hour work placement
  • Basic employability skills
  • Support to achieve English and Maths qualifications (if required).

Successfully complete your pre-apprenticeship and if your placement provider has a job or apprenticeship available, you will get an interview for that role.

If no vacancy is available you'll get an exit interview and meaningful written feedback to help you take the next step towards employment

Apply for a pre-apprenticeship (traineeship) programme.

Is a pre-apprenticeship for me?

Pre-apprenticeships are designed for young people who

  • Are not currently in employment - and have little work experience - but are keen to get started in their career.
  • Are aged 16 to 24 (or 25 with an education, health and care (EHC) plan) and qualified below level 3; and
  • Will be ready for work or an apprenticeship after a traineeship

Pre-apprenticeships include work experience to help you develop the personal attributes and job-specific skills for employment.

Apply for a pre-apprenticeship (traineeship) programme.

What kind of pre-apprenticeships are available?

Pre-apprenticeships are available in the following areas:

  • Health and Adult Care/Childcare
  • Construction
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Retail
  • Customer Service
  • Hairdressing
  • Fish and Shellfish

Apply for a pre-apprenticeship (traineeship) programme.

Pre-apprenticeship benefits exclusive to B&FC

Start a pre-apprenticeship at B&FC and you'll also get a free bus pass - and, depending on your circumstances, a £40 bursary.

Meet two of our pre-apprentices 

Shannon Wharton
Shannon approached a local hair salon herself about securing the 100 hours’ work experience she needed for her pre-apprenticeship. The salon was so impressed with her progress they have now offered her a full-time apprenticeship.

Shannon says:
“It’s made me more confident and I feel more comfortable now talking to different people, which will help me in the future. 

I’d really recommend it. You get to try out different things, so it helps you to figure out what you want to do.”

Jakub Literska
An 8-week pre-apprenticeship gave Jakub the skills and experience he needed to land a full-time gas fitters apprenticeship with local gas, heating and renewable energy company, Reed and Errington. 

Jakub says:
“I really enjoyed it, especially learning new skills – it was very hands-on. The tutors were a life saver – they helped me so much. 

It’s been 100% worth it and it’s changed my ambitions as one day I’d like to have my own company.” 

Find out more

Pre-apprenticeships are available throughout the year.

Get in touch with B&FC to find out how you can get involved.