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How does a traineeship differ from an apprenticeship?

A traineeship is a pre-apprenticeship programme that aims to give learners an insight into the industry. It also provides work experience, employability skills and functional skills. Though it is unpaid, a trainee will have their travel expenses and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) provided. It is a short programme, usually taking place over a 12 to 14 week period, compared to an apprenticeship, which usually lasts for four years, with one day a week spent in college, and the other four days in work. Apprentices are paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage.

What sort of industries can a traineeship lead to opportunities in?

The short answer is any industry. Though JTL currently only provide apprenticeships in the BSE (Building Services Engineering) sector, the skills learned in the classroom and on the work experience are transferable to a whole range of industries.

Can a traineeship help me move onto an apprenticeship afterwards?

Yes, we aim to help all of our trainees to progress onto an apprenticeship, once their traineeship comes to an end. The employers we work with are looking to take on apprentices, and many see traineeships as something of an extended interview process.

Do I get a certificate or some form of accreditation for completing a traineeship?

This is, at present, an unaccredited programme. However, the individuals who take part will gain Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT, as well as a work experience ECS card.

Are traineeships recognised and respected by professional employers?

Yes, they are, and more and more people are cottoning on to their potential. Several companies are now using traineeships as part of their recruitment process, and they have found them to be very successful.

Are there any costs involved?

There are few costs involved, however JTL pays for the trainee travel expenses, safety boots and overalls. Employers are required to provide hard hat, gloves and goggles, as per the HASAWA.

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