What are Traineeships?

Traineeships are short periods of training and work experience designed for learners who aren’t ready to take an Apprenticeship or start work. The flexibility of Traineeships offers employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits for their sector and they’re an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16-24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Traineeships are made up of the following elements:

Core elements:

  • English or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Maths
  • Work placements (minimum of 100 hours)
  • Work preparation and training

Optional elements:

  • Flexible element

The flexible element can be used to increase the study programme hours and draw down more funding. It can also be used to theme the Traineeship and prepare learners for a particular work environment.

Why deliver Traineeships with NCFE CACHE?

Our unique Traineeship offer includes:

  • A variety of fundable Traineeship programmes in different sectors. They also contain regulated qualifications which will add to the quality and rigour of your delivery.
  • Free learning resources for many of our qualifications.  We offer  a range of resources such as sample assessment tasks and tutor guidance documents.
  • A mix and match package to allow you to tailor your Traineeships to individual learners. With over 200 fundable qualifications to choose from including a suite of maths and English qualifications, why would you go anywhere else? Our Traineeship Builder is presented in an easy-to-use spreadsheet
  • Our Endorsed Learning Programmes allow you to develop your own in-house training to suit the needs of employers, learners and local skills requirements. If you prefer to use your own training courses as part of a Traineeship programme, our accreditation team will be happy to help you. Your learners will also receive a certificate of achievement at the end of their course. For more information see our Endorsed Learning Programmes page.

Traineeships in Wales

Welsh Traineeships, which are available for 16 and 17 year olds only, are funded by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund. Unlike in England, trainees are paid a wage as well as additional expenses such as an allowance for travel. Those not ready for work can take part in community projects to build their confidence and competence in working with others, whilst learners with more experience can study up to Level 3 through the Steps to Employment programme. Traineeships in Wales have no fixed duration but instead stipulate the number of hours required - between 12 and 30 per week, depending on the Traineeship level. Traineeships in Wales are only available in the Childcare, Animal Welfare, Building, Business Administration, Catering, Engineering, Hairdressing and IT sectors, and are available through 16 authorised Traineeship Providers. Further information on Welsh Traineeships is available on the Welsh Government website.

Sample Traineeships

We’ve put together a variety of fundable Traineeship programmes in different sectors. Including regulated qualifications in your Traineeship programmes will not only add to the quality and rigour of your delivery, but learners will achieve a recognised qualification and a certificate upon completion. They’ll also have the opportunity to transfer their achievement through credit transfer which may be particularly relevant for those progressing to an Apprenticeship or on to further learning.

NCFE CACHE’s Traineeship offer can help your learners make the leap from education to the workplace by building the transferable skills and core attributes that businesses in all sectors are looking for.

CACHE Sample Traineeship - Health and Social Care

CACHE Sample Traineeship - Healthcare Support Services

CACHE Sample Traineeship - Supporting teaching learning

CACHE Sample Traineeship - Childcare

CACHE Sample Traineeship - Early Years Settings


Find our qualifications, learning resources and delivery support on our dedicated website QualHub

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CACHE Traineeships Builder

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Get in touch

At CACHE, we can help you to plan and deliver your personalised Traineeships programmes, ensuring your learners are prepared and confident in moving their education or workplace development forward.

For further information on Traineeships and how CACHE can help you, please email [email protected].