A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement of at least 70 hours. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months). It is ideal if you are not yet sure of your long-term career options and can lead to a job or an apprenticeship. Traineeships are specifically designed to help young people develop the skills and qualifications that, for whatever reason, they may not have been able to pick up at school. Trainees then have the opportunity to showcase these skills to employers though short work experience placements.
Traineeships are education and training programmes focused on giving young people the skills needed to succeed in emerging and traditional business sectors. These programmes are a great way to develop a talent pipelines and unlock the potential of the next generation entering the workforce.

On an O.S.A.T Ltd Traineeship you will gain real experience to help you prepare for work and gain two qualifications:

  • Employability Level 1
  • Sector based qualification
  • 70 – 100 hours un-paid work experience

Entry Requirements for Traineeships

To be eligible for involvement in a traineeship programme, you’ll need to meet a few essential requirements…

  • You need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • You need to be unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • Applicants must be aged between 19-24
  • Applicants must be motivated to work
  • Have no qualifications above GCSE level (or equivalent)

If you already possess the skills, the qualifications and the experience needed to find an apprenticeship or a job, a traineeship is not for you!

OSAT Traineeship programme areas:

  • Customer Services / Business Administration
  • ICT
  • Digital Skills
  • Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Rail

Learner Benefits:

  • Get an opportunity to get 70 hours work experience within an employer to inform long-term career options
  • Gain two accredited qualifications: one of which, will be in the sector of choice e.g. L1 IT
  • Enhance maths and English if needed
  • Get travel and subsistence payments

Employer Benefits:

  • Support the national effort to reduce the potential impact of the pandemic on youth employment.
  • Help existing staff develop their mentoring and management skills by supporting Trainees.
  • Access a £1,000 government grant per Trainee up to a maximum of 10. 
  • Cost effective recruitment, you may wish to offer permanent employment to your Trainee and you can see how they will fit into your organisation in advance.
  • Use the Traineeships model to develop a recruitment pipeline, saving on advertisement and agency fees.
  • Support progression opportunities onto an Apprenticeship programme to integrate young people into your workforce using str

Why choose OSAT for your Traineeships?

  • Our dedicated service will help source eligible and suitable candidates.
  • We will tailor the training programme to be relevant to your business.
  • We provide onsite training support to develop the Trainees skills and help them settle into your business.

Once you have decided that a Traineeship programme is good for business, OSAT will do the rest.

We will support you throughout: sourcing and pre-screening the Trainees, before delivering a pre-employment programme, building the skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Once on placement Intec will provide ongoing support including regular review and training meetings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I apply for one of these traineeships?

You can apply for the listed traineeships by completing the form on this website to register your interest. You will then by contacted by tutor to explain the next step.

When can I apply one of these traineeships?

If you are aged 19 – 24 (25 with a care plan) and are eligible to work in the UK you can APPLY NOW

Do I get any qualifications with these Traineeship?

With all traineeships you will complete a Level 1 Award in Employability Skills which includes understanding customer, working in a team, problem solving and time management. If you haven’t achieved GCSE qualifications, you will also work towards vocational qualification’s in English and maths.

With the Construction Traineeship you will complete a Level 1 in construction, L1 Health & Safety in a construction environment. And Level 1 in employability You will also be given the chance to take a CSCS test and apply for a CSCS card. The CSCS card will enable you to apply to work on construction sites.

With the Digital traineeship you will complete Level 1 in a Digital Discipline and a Level 1 in Employability.

What’s the difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship?

Traineeships are shorter in duration than an apprenticeship and are more focussed on preparing you for work or to enter an apprenticeship of choice. With a traineeship you complete work preparation gain level 1 qualifications and have support to build confidence and motivation, whereas on an apprenticeship you are fully employed, complete an industry focussed qualification over a longer period of time – often at a much higher level.

Does it cost me anything?

No, there is no cost to you for completing a Traineeship. Although you won’t be paid during your traineeship, an employer may choose to cover costs, such as your lunch and travel. This will be agreed before you start.

Do I get paid whilst completing a traineeship?

You won’t get paid doing a traineeship, but some employers will cover the cost of expenses – travel, food etc.

Will I get a job at the end of the traineeship?

A job is not always guaranteed at the end of a Traineeship. However, O.S.A.T Ltd work with many employers that use traineeships as a pre-Apprenticeship or employment programme to find suitable candidates to train long-term. In all cases you will have gained valued skills which will prepare you for a career, whether that means applying for an Apprenticeship or other employment.

Are traineeships recognised by employers?

Employers do recognise traineeships as a valuable opportunity to support young people often as a recruitment tool. Several employers and businesses are now using traineeships as part of their process to find those best suited to the roles on offer as it gives them more of an insight of the person you are.

How long does it last?

O.S.A.T traineeship last anywhere between six to 10 weeks and can be flexible depending on your circumstances (such as if you have a part-time job).