Traineeships

What is a traineeship?

Does Totton College offer traineeships, apprenticeships & supported internships?

What are the advantages of doing a traineeship?

Who can do a traineeship?

Where can I look for traineeship vacancies?

Will I get paid?

Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

What are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship?

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Where can I look for apprenticeship vacancies?

How much will I get paid?

 

Supported internships

What is a supported internship?

What are the advantages of doing a supported internship?

Who can do a supported internship?

Where can I look for a supported internship?

Will I get paid?

 

What is a traineeship?

Traineeships are designed help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience.

Does Totton College offer traineeships?

At Totton College, we want you to be ready for work. That’s one of the reasons we offer traineeships to 16-24 year olds. Tailored specifically to your individual needs, they allow you to complete a work placement for up to six months in a job of your choice. When you finish you’ll leave with a reference from your employer. Traineeships can often lead to a paid apprenticeship too.

What are the advantages of doing a traineeship?

You will:

  • Learn skills that will help you to progress in your chosen sector
  • Have better long-term salary prospects
  • Get support from a mentor while you learn
  • Have the opportunity to network with prospective employers
  • Improve English and maths skills

Who can do a traineeship?

Anyone aged 16-24, who is motivated to get a job but lacks the skills and experience that employers are looking for, will be eligible for a traineeship. You don’t need any skills or experience as traineeships provide all the essential work preparation training. Traineeships can also be taken by young people who have learning difficulty assessments up to the academic age of 25.

The intention is that traineeships will be for:

  • Those who are not currently in a job and don’t have enough work experience
  • Those who want to work
  • Those who are qualified below A or AS Level or other Level 3 qualifications

If you have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience, you will most likely be a good candidate for a traineeship.

Where can I look for traineeship vacancies?

Search our traineeships here.

Will I get paid?

Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement under the traineeship. Traineeships are exempt from the Minimum Wage. Young people taking part in traineeships will be undertaking education and training and some may qualify for financial support, including the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job that allows you to earn money in your chosen sector, while gaining industry-recognised qualifications that will help you to progress in your career.

Does Totton College offer apprenticeships?

If you’re interested in hospitality, catering, retail, office based work or other practical careers, you can train on the job as an apprentice. If you’re aged 16-24 and already have a job you can apply for a paid apprenticeship which will give you qualifications and practical experience of the workplace. Apprenticeships last a minimum of one year and a maximum of 18 months. You can complete a level 2 apprenticeship and then progress to a level 3 apprenticeship depending on where you work. Search our apprenticeships here.

What are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship?

  • You will earn money while you learn
  • You will learn skills that will help you to progress in your chosen sector
  • You will have better long-term salary prospects
  • You will get support from a mentor while you learn
  • You will have the opportunity to network with prospective employers
  • You will get paid holiday leave

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone who is a UK resident, aged 16 or over and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.

If you live in England, and are aged 16-23, your apprenticeship may be fully funded by the National Apprenticeship Service. If you are over 23-years-old, your employer will need to pay a contribution towards the cost of the training element of the apprenticeship.

For information about doing an apprenticeship with Totton College, see here.

Where can I look for apprenticeship vacancies?

To do an apprenticeship, it is necessary to find an employer willing to take on an apprentice. This can be done in one of two ways. The first way is to search for vacancies on the central apprenticeship websites for England and Wales. The second way is to look for employers willing to take on an apprentice independently. Your local council, nearby colleges and career services may be able to help with finding an employer who is likely to do this.

How much will I get paid?

The current national minimum wage for apprentices is £2.68 an hour (although this may vary for agricultural apprenticeships). This applies to apprentices aged 16-18 and those aged 19 who are in the first half of their first year of the apprenticeship. If you are 19 and have completed your first year, you should be paid the national minimum wage rate for your age.

What is a supported internship?

A supported internships is a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. It enables young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve a pathway to paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace. Supported internships last for a minimum of six months.

What are the advantages of doing a supported internship?

  • Learn skills that will help you to progress in your chosen sector
  • Get personalised support from a mentor while you learn
  • Have better long-term salary prospects
  • Have the opportunity to network with prospective employers
  • Improve English and maths skills

Who can do a supported internship?

Anyone aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care plan can do a supported internship.

Where can I look for a supported internship?

Supported internships are available in the same areas as our traineeships, which you can find here.

Will I get paid?

Supported internships are unpaid, but equip you with the skills that employers need in order for you to move on to paid employment.