City & Guilds Traineeships include bespoke Skills for Work qualifications, e-learning to prepare learners for the job and tools to structure, manage and monitor work experience.

What are Traineeships?

  • Work experience - to give the young person meaningful work experience and to develop workplace skills
  • Work preparation training - to prepare learners with the Skills for Work in a particular sector as well as Employability Skills covering areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search and inter-personal skills
  • English and maths - these are seen as crucial employability skills

What can you get from City & Guilds?

  • The instant brand recognition of City & Guilds which will help you engage employers into your traineeship delivery
  • Employability Skills qualifications which include vocational taster units and bespoke Skills for Work qualifications that fulfil the work preparation training element of Traineeships
  • Single units in our ‘Unit Warehouse’ for building bespoke learning programmes
  • Guidance and support on providing and managing high quality work placements 
  • e-learning which will help prepare the learner to take their first steps into employment in their chosen industry
  • SmartScreen learner management system providing teaching and learning support for delivering unregulated training
  • An extensive range of online materials and qualifications to help learners gain the English and maths skills they need to be successful at work.

Delivering already? Interested in co-creating new Skills for Work qualifications, testing or helping develop our offer? Please email:


Our ‘Getting a Job’ e-learning programme will support trainees in finding and keeping a job. It has been developed in response to the changing needs that learners have on their journey to becoming ready for employment. Tutors, and others, delivering Traineeships will find it an invaluable aid to creating a relevant and engaging experience for learners.

View our demo on YouTube >

Find out more from our factsheet (PDF, 135kb) >

Looking for a traineeship?

Traineeship vacancies are available via the National Apprenticeship Service website. Visit the I’m looking for an Apprenticeship section and type ‘traineeships’ in the keyword search box.  

Bespoke and Sample Traineeship Programmes

We’ve developed new Work Preparation qualifications called ‘Skills for Work’ which will enable you to devise bespoke Traineeship programmes.

These hybrid Employability-vocational taster qualifications are available in the following sectors:

> Health, Adult Care and Childcare
> Retail
> Hospitality and Catering
> Construction

Ahead of the development of further Skills for Work qualifications; to help you with planning Traineeships we have put together samples of other industry led Traineeship programmes:

> Automotive
> Building Services
> Business and Administration
> Cleaning Services
> Customer Service
> Engineering
> Hair and Beauty
> ICT Professional
> ICT User
> Land Based
> Warehousing and Storage

If you are interested in co-creating, testing or helping develop our offer please email:

Key documents

Work experience support tools

Click on the thumbnails to download copies of these publications.

Managing a work placement programme: a guide for centres

Managing a work placement programme.

Employer's checklist for successful work placements

Employer's checklist for successful work placements.

Goal setting for work placement

Goal setting for work placement.

Work placement learner logbook

Work placement learner logbook.