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What are traineeships?

Traineeships give 16-24 year-olds the foundation they need to kick-start their career, offering an insight into a variety of industries. There is no doubting the range of skills you can acquire as a trainee, from hands-on work experience to skills essential in any job.

Traineeship programmes usually last between 8 and 16 weeks, with Babington Group’s training advisors supporting you to become work-ready. They can put you in good stead for an apprenticeship, or help you get a foot in the door to future employment opportunities.

Want to hear more about our traineeships? Contact us by clicking here, or take a look at some of the many traineeships we offer:

BBC Make it Digital

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British Gas

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Autonet Insurance

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Cross Rhythms Radio

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Gedling Borough Council

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SJD Accountancy

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Which industries take trainees?

Traineeships used to have a reputation for being a good route into more ‘practical’ industries. Now you can take a traineeship in just about anything! Opportunities range from customer service to childcare, and from hospitality to social media.

Many industries are starting to see the benefits that traineeships can offer in finding new talent, and providing skilled young people for the future of their sector. That means there is a host of opportunities available for you – take a look at some here!


How long do traineeships last?

Traineeship programmes usually last between 8 and 16 weeks. They can be longer than this, however, and some traineeships are flexible. You will gain a minimum of 100 hours of work experience, ensuring you develop the skills and experience you need for your career progression.


Does a traineeship lead to employment?

While there is no guarantee of employment after a traineeship, employers will love that you have shown initiative in gaining industry experience.

Babington’s tutors will also make sure you gain all the skills you need to be ready for work. This includes CV writing and interview etiquette – essential skills in gaining a full time job.

What you put into a traineeship will be what you get out of it, so who knows – for the right learner, a traineeship could lead straight into employment. Either way, there’s no doubting that traineeships are a massive boost to your CV and qualifications.


Our Chatsworth trainees with the Duke of Devonshire.


Our security trainees at Donington Park.


One of our trainees at Cross Rhythms

White open speech marks My traineeship taught me how to work effectively in a team and also helped me come up with my own individual ideas.

I am a lot more confident now than I was at school, and now feel I can communicate very well with the staff, children and parents at the nursery.

Babington also helped me with new ideas to add to my CV to make it stand out from the others.

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-Robin Tivey, ex-trainee, now apprentice at Derwent Stepping Stones


White open speech marks My work experience with Bolsover District Council gave me lots of skills from time-keeping to good listening skills.  I also got to redo my English and Maths to a good standard for employers.

Babington gave us great one-to-one guidance and helped us with group work. It sets you up well for an apprenticeship, and there’s always a chance of a job after you complete a traineeship.

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-Luke Chapman, ex trainee for Bolsover District Council, now employee



Our top traineeships

Looking out for the ideal traineeship to begin your career? Here are our top picks:

Derwent Stepping Stones Childcare traineeship

Interested in a future career in childcare? Derwent Stepping Stones have a vacancy for a reliable individual to take up a traineeship as a Nursery officer.

Customer Service and Retail Traineeship at Leeds Museums and Galleries

Want to work in an environment where you’re surrounded by art on a daily basis? Leeds Museums and Galleries is giving you the chance to take part in a traineeship programme in customer service and retail. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, a good communicator, with a willingness to learn and develop new skills. It also helps if you have a passion for art or history.

Blend Youth Project traineeships

Blend Youth Project are looking for some reliable and hardworking trainees for work experience in 3 different sectors: Retail, Business Admin, and Business and Enterprise. These are 16 week traineeships in which you will receive on the job training and employability coaching with the guidance of our friendly Babington tutors.

Synergy Health Traineeships

Synergy Health is a major UK organisation supporting the NHS and Healthcare industry, and is looking for polite and organised individuals to assist its expanding team.

Streetwise Environmental Traineeships

Streetwise will support you with a variety of traineeships, giving you workplace experience in ground maintenance, horticulture, refuse bin collecting, and business admin.


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