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Our Steps into Work Traineeship is a six-month course for people aged 16 to 18 who are not in education or training. We run traineeships in Cheltenham and Stroud from the Whaddon Youth Support Team office and the Centre for Science and Art in Stroud. The traineeships start in September and March.

A traineeship is an unpaid course, but it is a stepping stone to paid work, an apprenticeship or further vocational education or training. It will put the practical experience and qualifications on your CV that employers want to see, making it more likely for you to get interviews.

If you are on Jobseeker’s Allowance you can come on a traineeship. There is a discretionary bursary you can apply for if you can show financial hardship for things relating to your work placement, such as travel and appropriate clothing.

On the traineeship you will spend most of your time in a work placement in an area of your choice. We have run placements in areas that include mechanics, hairdressing, retail, catering, landscape gardening, childcare and lots more. You will be supported in your placement by a job coach who will visit you regularly and is always on hand if you have a problem.

The rest of your time will be spent working towards an English and maths qualification if you do not already have a GCSE in these subjects. The level you work at will depend on your previous experience and qualifications.

At the end of the programme you will be supported to search for jobs, apply for jobs or apprenticeships and attend interviews. Some trainees also move into further vocational education or training. 


Find out more

If you think a Steps into Work Traineeship may be for you or would like more information, please contact us at or phoning / texting 07935 055231.

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