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A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months. Traineeships are a great way to gain experience and skills to set you on the right path.

Are you keen to get started in your career - but don't have any work experience? Or perhaps you don't have your English and Maths qualifications and are wondering what to do next.  A traineeship may be exactly what you need. 

Apply for a traineeship programme.

What's involved in a traineeship?

Watch a short video about traineeships.

Traineeships combine work experience with learning employability skills.

You'll get:

  • A 100-hour work placement
  • Basic employability skills
  • Support to achieve English and Maths qualifications (if required).

Successfully complete your traineeship and if your placement provider has a job or apprenticeship available, you will get an interview for that role.

If no vacancy is available you'll get an exit interview and meaningful written feedback to help you take the next step towards employment

Apply for a traineeship programme.

Is a traineeship for me?

Traineeships are designed for young people who:

  • Are not currently in employment - and have little work experience - but are keen to get started in their career.
  • Are aged 16 to 24 (or 25 with an education, health and care (EHC) plan) and qualified below level 3; and
  • Will be ready for work or an apprenticeship after a traineeship

Traineeships include work experience to help you develop the personal attributes and job-specific skills for employment.

What kind of traineeships are available?

Traineeships are available in the following areas:

  • Health and Adult Care/Childcare
  • Construction
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Retail
  • Customer Service
  • Hairdressing
  • Fish and Shellfish

Apply for a traineeship programme.

Free Blackpool Transport 24/7 Travel Pass and a £40 per week bursary 

Start a Traineeship at B&FC and you'll also get a free bus pass - and, depending on your circumstances, a £40 bursary.

Find out more

Traineeships are available throughout the year. Get in touch with B&FC to find out how you can get involved.

Traineeship benefits exclusive to B&FC

Start a Traineeship at B&FC and you'll also get a free bus pass - and, depending on your circumstances, a £40 bursary.

Meet two of our trainees

It’s made me more confident and I feel more comfortable now talking to different people, which will help me in the future. I’d really recommend it. You get to try out different things, so it helps you to figure out what you want to do.
Shannon approached a local hair salon herself about securing the 100 hours’ work experience she needed for her traineeship. The salon was so impressed with her progress they have now offered her a full-time apprenticeship.
“I really enjoyed it, especially learning new skills – it was very hands-on. The tutors were a life saver – they helped me so much. It’s been 100% worth it and it’s changed my ambitions as one day I’d like to have my own company.” 
An 8-week traineeship gave Jakub the skills and experience he needed to land a full-time gas fitters apprenticeship with local gas, heating and renewable energy company, Reed and Errington.