Could a traineeship be your route to work?

Published: Wednesday 28th May 14

There are now dozens of traineeships to apply for in Wandsworth which offer young people the chance to get real work experience and learn the skills they need to start a successful career.

Traineeships were introduced last year to help bridge the gap between education and employment. The council can arrange opportunities for local people across the retail, engineering, business admin, childcare and hospitality sectors.

Seventeen year old Jordan from Wandsworth is the first local young person to complete a traineeship with Wandsworth Council. 

Jordan, who studied mechanical engineering at college, says he heard about traineeships from the council’s Lifelong Learning Advisor and was offered an opportunity within the council’s engineering depot which looks after a fleet of vehicles.

Jordan worked there for eight weeks and was also provided with coaching in Maths and English as well as attending 'employability' workshops.

Wandsworth Council trainee Jordan at work in the Frogmore Depot

On completing his traineeship Jordan said:

“At college I just learnt about petrol engines but here it’s diesel as well and I’ve learnt how differently they work. Everyone’s been so friendly and I’ve now got something to put on my CV. I’d definitely recommend it to my friends.”

Michael Spooner, transport technician at Wandsworth Council supervised Jordan during his traineeship. He said:

“Jordan did really well. By the time he finished he could remove and replace front brake pads on a Mercedes Sprinter, was capable of doing some basic checks, showed a willingness to learn and he knew how to handle himself professionally.

“It’s a good way to learn your trade and prove to future employers you’re a good worker.”

Who are Traineeships for?

  • Unemployed 16-19 year-olds qualified below level 3
  • Unemployed 19- 24 year-olds who have not achieved a full level 2
  • Young people up to 25 years of age if there is a learning difficulty

What does a Traineeship involve?

  • A high quality work placement, minimum eight weeks in length, to give the young person meaningful work experience and workplace skills  
  • A focused period of work preparation training, focusing on areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search and inter-personal skills  
  • English and maths training unless they have already achieved GCSE A*-C or Functional Skills Level 2

To find out about traineeship opportunities in Wandsworth contact Ellie Boorer on (020) 8871 8630 or email

The council is always looking for employers who can offer a high quality placement in a real workplace. Employers can contact Ellie Boorer on (020) 8871 8630 or email

Find out about a range of employment support service on the council’s website at


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