A traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an apprenticeship or gain employment. Traineeships give you the opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience with local and national employers. 

Employers are at the centre of traineeships to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment.



A traineeship is a training programme designed to prepare you for your future career, helping you to get ready for the world of work and improve your chances of getting an apprenticeship or other job. Hawk Training can help you every step of the way.

 Employers are at the centre of traineeships to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment.

What are the benefits of a traineeship?

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A traineeship is a training course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship.

You can apply if you:

  • You have been a resident in the EU for the past three years and have proof of this.
  • You are unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • You are aged 16 to 24 (or 25+ if you have an education, health and care plan)
  • Unemployed or currently working less than 16 hours a week
  • Do not have a qualification higher than level 3

You may also be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.

What you'll get:

  • a work experience placement
  • work preparation training
  • help with English, Maths and digital skills (if you need it)
  • an exit interview with meaningful written feedback

You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals and you may be able to apply for further funded support i.e. relevant learning resources, childcare support.


Traineeships are a great way to generate experience and skills that help you build your CV and support you giving real life work experience examples in an interview. That's because traineeships help you learn the essential skills that every employer wants in preparation for you starting in work or on an apprenticeship programme.

Traineeship are a stepping stone to full-time paid work if you don’t have many qualifications, lack relevant working experience or lack the skills or confidence in getting or retaining employment. Your traineeship will normally last between eight to twelve weeks dependent on your circumstances but can last longer if you need further support to enable you to be work ready.

A Traineeship offers you

Giving you the skills and confidence needed in the first step in your career. You’ll get help in writing a CV, cover letters, application forms and preparation for interviews via workshops and online modules (online) and regular one to one coaching and support.

Employers are at the centre of our traineeship programme, focusing on developing your skills and future success in employment through experiential learning at meaningful and relevant work placements and ongoing tailored learning experiences.

For those that need it, this can help you in your future career progression as well as achievement of your apprenticeship and general life skills.

Improving your English and maths skills will boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long-term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime

Builds your CV and supports your answers in future interviews with practicable experience. You are also guaranteed a job interview or exit interview

To a career opportunity. Our traineeship programmes overarching aim is to get you into work, preferably with a training programme attached. We will be working with our employers to identify opportunities for progression ongoing, but where that is not always possible you will work with your job coach to apply for future roles including being prioritised for apprenticeship roles with our employer partners.

Entry onto the programme is initiated through your application to one of our work placements you are applying and choosing the role that meets your needs and future work interests. Think about what skills and experience you can receive through a traineeship that are transferable to your ideal job and potential apprenticeship placement of the future.

A traineeship is a short-term training programme, aimed at getting you ‘work ready’. It is designed to give you work preparation training, English and maths and a high quality work experience placement.

An apprenticeship is a real job. You'll be working alongside experienced people, learning from them as you go. Working at least 30 hours a week, you’ll gain a lot of the training you need in the workplace. But you will also be supported by us to gain vital skills as well as being assessed and accredited.

Everyone benefits with Traineeships

You won’t get paid doing a traineeship, but some employers will cover the cost of expenses – travel, food etc. You should discuss/ask this as part of your initial discussion about the programme with Hawk Training.

You are suitable for a traineeship if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are unemployed (or work less than 16 hours per week) and have little work experience
  • You are motivated to work
  • You are qualified below level 4

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but may lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. If you have been unsuccessful when applying for Apprenticeships or jobs, then a traineeship might be for you.

Our traineeship programme is starting in March 2021. All our vacancies will be available on our website here alongside our current apprenticeship opportunities.

Going from school or college into the world of work can feel like a huge leap. It doesn’t have to be. Get preparation tips and guidance for your interview or starting in your new role by contacting us today!


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