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Extra help is here

The Government has announced targeted help for young people to get into work, including more Apprenticeships and Traineeships, and extra help to get work experience.

If you want to build up your practical skills and knowledge, then Apprenticeships and Traineeships could be right for you.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study, with some offering programmes all the way up to degree level. As an apprentice you’ll work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills all while earning a wage. You’ll also get holiday pay and time for study related to your role (usually one day a week). Apprenticeships take 1-5 years to complete, depending on your level of study.

Find out more about becoming an apprentice in Wales. (external link)
Find out more about becoming an apprentice is Scotland (external link).
Find out more about becoming an apprentice in England (external link).

Traineeships

Traineeships are also on offer (for people in England only), if you’re not quite ready for an apprenticeship. Over a period of 6 months, you’ll get a work experience placement, plus help with English and Maths if you need it. You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals. Find out more, and see if you’re eligible for a traineeship here (external link).

Other initiatives

If an apprenticeship or traineeship isn’t quite right for you, there are other ways to help yourself get work ready.

Sector-based work academies

If you’re on Universal Credit (external link) or receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (external link), you can ask your work coach about sector-based work academies – these are courses lasting up to 6 weeks in partnership with businesses near you. You’ll get training and work experience in a particular job type, then either a job interview or help with the employer’s application process. Childcare and travel costs covered as you continue to receive benefits. Find out more about sector-based work academies and other schemes here (external link).

Kickstart

And finally if you’re on Universal Credit, keep your eyes peeled for new ‘Kickstart’ opportunities launching soon. Kickstart will offer 6 month paid work experience placements for people aged 16-24 and your work coach might recommend one for you. This will give you the chance to get good experience in a work environment, boost your CV and help with finding a job. These placements will start later in the year and your work coach will refer you to them.