Step To Employment Traineeship

FREE Traineeship for Young People Aged 16-25

London Learning Consortium


Study method
Online with live classes
14 weeks, Full-time
Level 1 Certificate in Personal Development for Employability (RQF)
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Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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This Traineeship programme is a short course designed for young people who want to move into employment or an apprenticeship. It is a great combination of studying and work experience placement.

Over 14 weeks, you will learn the key employability skills that will help you succeed in any workplace, such as workplace behaviours, office IT skills, teamwork and communication.

You will then get the chance to put these skills into practice in a two-week work placement at an employer selected to meet your career aims.

You will have the opportunity to learn about working in different sectors of work environments – business administration/support services, customer service in the retail sector and Health & Social Care, including Early Years.

This will give you an excellent opportunity to think about what kind of job you are best suited to.

If you don’t have a GCSE grade 4 or above, you will also be able to study Maths and English Functional Skills up to Level 2.

The course will also enhance your employability skills by creating a personal plan and setting short and long-term goals, preparing a good quality CV, learning how to target your CV to specific job adverts and how to prepare for interviews. In the placement, you will put into practice the employability skills learnt on the course and gained much-needed experience in the workplace.


Level 1 Certificate in Personal Development for Employability (RQF)
Regulated by Ofqual

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A traineeship is an education and training programme which incorporates work experience, preparing young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Designed for people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

A traineeship has three core elements:

  • A high-quality work experience placement with an employer.
  • Work preparation training, provided by the training organisation.
  • English and maths support, if required, provided by the training organisation.

Traineeships last anything up to a maximum of 6 months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual.

Employers are not required to pay trainees for the work placement, and 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.


The course will be taught predominantly online. However, a small number of “in-person” sessions may be required throughout the course to support the student group and overall learning programme. On these occasions, we will support learners with travel costs. If you are not able to attend these sessions due to concerns around the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, we will ensure that you can still participate remotely.


Level 1 Certificate in Personal Development for Employability which includes taster units in the Business Administration, Retail and Childcare sectors. Functional Skills English and Maths.

Course Benefits

  • Financial support for travel, childcare or a disability
  • Support from your local Jobcentre Plus if you are eligible for work benefits
  • A high-quality work placement of at least 70 hours
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with an employer with written feedback
  • Sector-focused vocational learning to help prepare you for your apprenticeship or job and recognition of your learning
  • Help to source employment or apprenticeship at the end of the course
  • Experienced and friendly tutors who really know how to get the best out of young people!
  • At a time when young people face even more challenge and competition in the labour market from older and more experienced workers, a traineeship can be the step up that they need to launch their career and enter the labour market.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the following quick form, and we will be in contact to support you with your application. You will receive useful information about whether you are eligible for government funding, course fees, start dates and much more.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed to help unemployed young people aged between 16-24 to develop the skills they need to find, stay and progress into work, education and an apprenticeship.


Learners should be eligible to work in England, have little or no work experience but are motivated to work, aged 16 to 24 - or 25 with an EHC plan - and qualified up to level 3.

Career path

At the end of the course, learners are supported to progress into a job, an apprenticeship or further study.

You will have a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of teachers supporting you to achieve success.

Questions and answers


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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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