Traineeship Programme

What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is offered as a route to gaining an Apprenticeship. If you don’t quite have the qualifications, experience or confidence to start an Apprenticeship, we can help.

Our Traineeship Programme runs for up-to 18 weeks and will give you the opportunity to gain hands on experience through a work placement, complete essential qualifications for employment and help you to improve your skills in the following:
• Employability
• English
• Maths

The Traineeship Programme Will Offer You:

  • 2 weeks initial training at Dearne Valley College.
  • A further 8 weeks of training, with three days per week spent with an employer on work placement, and 2 days per week spent at College refreshing your functional English, Mathematics and employability skills.
  • A Level 1 Award in Skills for Further Learning and Employment.Upon completion of the programme you will have covered modules including Responsible Work Practice, Handling Telephone Customers, Self-Management and Communications in the Workplace, among others.
  • A Level 2 Employment Rights & Responsibilities qualification


Our specialist team will work with employers to find you a work placement that matches your career aspirations and which may enable you to progress onto a paid Apprenticeship, employment or a Full-Time course.

Please note that places on the courses areconditional subject to our team identifying a suitable placement opportunity for you.

Entry Requirements
To qualify for a Traineeship you must meet the
below criteria:

• You are aged between 16-24
• You don't have a full Level 3 qualification
• You are working at a minimum of Entry Level 3 in both English and Maths. An assessment of your skills will be undertaken to determine this
• You are prepared to undertake work experience

Progression Opportunities
A Traineeship course provides essential experience that will impress any potential employer. If you are successful in your placement, your employer may offer you an opportunity to undertake an Apprenticeship or full time work if you are over 18.

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, contact the College today on 01709 513355, or at



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