A Traineeship can provide you with an opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and on-the-job knowledge, enhancing your career options and improving your employability.

By enrolling in a structured training programme, you’ll combine learning in the classroom with workplace experience and could receive certification on completion.

Am I eligible?

Traineeships are free to access and open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school levers, older learners, and those in, or seeking employment.

A range of guidance services are available for those interested in participating in a Traineeship programme:

  • Adult learners can find details of their local Adult Education Guidance Service here.

For those currently unemployed, training allowance or income support may be available.

In line with the Pathways to Work 2016-2020 strategy, the Comprehensive Framework for Employment of People with Disabilities and the Action Plan on Jobless Households, eligibility to participate in a Traineeship programme includes people who are in receipt of any of the following payments:

  • Jobseekers Benefit

  • Jobseekers Payment

  • One Parent Family payment

  • Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment (JST)

  • Disability Allowance

Eligible persons must also be resident in the state and hold a valid PPSN.

If you receive any of the above payments, you can continue to do so while participating in a traineeship.

You may also be eligible for a training allowance during the duration of the programme. Contact your local Education Training Board (ETB) for more information.