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Traineeships are new programmes of study designed for those learners whose immediate career goals are to progress into employment or onto an apprenticeship programme. Traineeships aim to get students ‘employment-ready’ by developing the skills and attributes that employers look for.

Course type

Level 2

Course length

Six months

Required qualifications

You must have successfully completed a Level 1 or Level 2 programme and attained at least Level 1 equivalent qualifications in English and Maths.

What will I study?

Traineeships will be available in the following vocational areas:

  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering
  • Construction

The course will include:

  • Two days of work experience to develop critical ‘on the job’ knowledge and skills related to one of the vocational areas above.
  • Attending college two days a week to develop work skills (eg job search, application, interviews, team working skills) and Literacy, Numeracy and enterprise skills.

On the course you will:

  • work in a business environment, learning critical vocational skills related to your
    chosen vocational area
  • develop generic work-related skills, such as team working and meeting targets
    develop work skills through a practical, applied approach
  • develop Literacy and Numeracy skills through a more traditional class delivery

Method of assessment

  • Work experience: successful completion of extended work experience placement as assessed by your employer
  • Work skills: internally assessed assignment portfolio
  • Functional Skills English and Maths: assignment work and external exams

Other information

This course is specialist in nature and only suited to those students who are very clear about progressing onto an employment/apprenticeship pathway. Before you commit yourself to this course, you are advised to discuss it fully with a careers advisor and relevant college staff.