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Traineeships - A Student & Parent Guide

The Traineeship programme is designed to provide young people aged 16 to 23* with a tailor-made package of support that will give them the confidence, skills and experience to compete in the labour market. They offer young people the opportunity to undertake a substantial work placement, build employability skills and improve their English and Maths.

A Traineeship could provide that crucial stepping stone on to an Apprenticeship or a job with training to specific industry standards for those young people who currently lack the necessary skills. 

Experience shows that employers are seeking young people that have the right attitude and skills and we will help you to achieve exactly that. 

Learners that take part in a Traineeship will be supported by East Durham College to develop the skills and workplace experience that employers require, making them more attractive to employers for an Apprenticeship or that first job. 

Young people that enrol for a Traineeship at East Durham College will have an opportunity to undertake a work placement as well as work skills training with our support to polish up on their literacy and numeracy skills as these are something we know employers really value. 

What you get: 

  • Focused work preparation training such as CV writing, interview preparation, job searching, interpersonal skills. 
  • High-quality work experience in real-life work placements to enhance your skills and confidence.
  • English and maths - for young people who have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above.

A Traineeship provides up to a six month programme of support from East Durham College and a local employer. Once successfully completed, you will have the opportunity to progress on to an Apprenticeship or into work. 

Contact Us

If you want to secure a place on a Traineeship please call Joanne Bryson on 0191 518 5514.

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Please note: Any learner, aged 19 or over, who has already achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above is not eligible for the traineeship programme. *Traineeships will also be available to young people who are aged 16 or over and under 25 who have specific learning difficulties.

Traineeship Videos

Government-backed traineeships are BT's vision for the future.

Halfords harnesses potential talent by offering traineeships as a stepping stone to a permanent job.

Kane Smith, who works at the Halfords Oxford Cowley store says: “The traineeship has really helped change my life. Working at Halfords for several months has boosted my self-esteem. Not only has my confidence increased but I’ve gained new qualifications and skills. I’ve learnt how to repair and service my new mountain bike and feel more than capable of helping to solve all manner of customer queries.”