Traineeships for 19-24 year olds

Kick start your career – secure a Traineeship today.

Many young people are approaching the summer filled with enthusiasm and drive, but no clear direction of where to go or what to do next. Choices about further education or employment loom ahead and many people are concerned with wasting an opportunity by heading in the wrong direction. A traineeship is a chance to slow down, take advantage of the time you have, help you refine your options, focus your direction plus give you valuable skills and experience while getting support and feedback throughout.

A traineeship is a package of work experience with relevant workplace and employability training that gets you vital experience in a sector, evidencing that you are ready for work or an apprenticeship. Specifically aimed at young people who are unsure at what career direction they want to take and who don’t yet have the skills to move forward, but have the drive to succeed.

Funded by the European Social Fund, Skills for Progress offer a unique opportunity for young people to grow professionally, all the while receiving mentoring, feedback and learning support. Use your summer break to acquire new skills, gain experience and grow your confidence. We are here to help you!


  • Live in Berkshire
  • Learners must be eligible to work in the UK
  • Be unemployed and have little or no work experience (recently having left college, training or an apprenticeship counts as unemployed)
  • Aged 19 to 24 and qualified up to and including Level 3 (equivalent to A Level)


  • Learners will receive careers advice from a qualified careers adviser
  • Individual mentoring to support your development
  • Gain professional experience with a guaranteed work placement 70 hr over a 2-6 week placement.
  • Learn how to create a professional looking CV and gain job seeking skills.
  • Develop workplace skills in an industry that is relevant to your chosen career.
  • Receive constructive feedback from your employer
  • Practise and refine your interview skills
  • If you need it, get help with English, maths and basic digital skills

The position is unpaid but you may have travel and food expenses covered by your employer.

Traineeship description:

Your traineeship will be a hybrid of in person work at your chosen placement and online skills support and follow up mentoring.
Your day to day working duties will be dictated by your placement and will be made clear before you enrol. All of our placements are with trusted partners who will ensure the skills you will receive will be comprehensive and relevant to your chosen career path.

Currently available placements:

Role: Teaching Assistant (7 placements, Thatcham)

Key responsibilities:

  • Working with children 1:1 or in small groups to support them with English, maths and topic lessons, listening to children read, practising key skills (times tables, spelling etc.). Some of these children have English as a newly acquired language.
  • Supporting the teacher with administration tasks – photocopying, laminating, preparing resources for children
  • Classroom management – preparing displays, organising resources
  • One off tasks – helping children with school production, learning lines, making props, activities at break time or during Forest School, accompanying children on any arranged trips or workshops

Job requirements:

  • No qualifications are necessary although a good grasp of English and maths is desirable.
  • No experience is necessary although a willingness to be part of a team, to support colleagues when required and use own initiative is desirable.
  • No specific skills are needed but it is important that trainees are patient, kind, calm and enthusiastic when working with children. We have high expectations of our children and what they can achieve – we model this as adults and believe in our children and their capabilities. We encourage independence, resilience and give children opportunities to take a risk.

Free mentoring

All participants are supported by a qualified mentor, who you will talk to weekly or fortnightly. This practical support helps you to overcome barriers and talk through decisions, applications and prepare for interviews. As well as helping you utilise the new skills that you have learned.

Careers Advice

Are you unsure what career path you want to take? We can help. Our partners at the National Careers Service will provide a free one to one meeting where they will advise you on your options and help you choose the right career direction for you. So when you take up your traineeship you will be working in a placement that is relevant to where you want to go.

Start today

To get started and secure your traineeship please email or call 02381 120010.

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