Apply for a 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 traineeship may be exactly what you need.

Traineeships last from 16 weeks to six months.

What's involved in a traineeship?

Watch a short video about traineeships.

Traineeships 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 traineeship 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 traineeship programme.

Is a traineeship for me?

Traineeships 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

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

Apply for a traineeship programme.

What kind of traineeships are available?

Traineeships 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 traineeship programme.

Traineeship benefits exclusive to B&FC

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

Meet two of our Trainees

Shannon Wharton
Shannon approached a local hair salon herself about securing the 100 hours’ work experience she needed for her traineeship. 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 traineeship 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

Traineeships are available throughout the year.

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

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