Information about traineeships, internships, apprenticeships and people who can help you apply.
Types of training programmes
Training can develop your skills to help you find paid work. There are a few different training programmes, so it's important to think about what type of training would suit you to help you get the skills you need.
Try the Skills Health Check Go to https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/skills-health-check/home (opens new window) if you're not sure what you're good at and what you may need help with.
Training programmes you can choose from:
- work experience
- supported internships
Work experience programmes are for young people aged 14 and above. They help you to learn skills, gain confidence and try out different jobs.
- Bristol City Council work experience placements in a range of departments across the city, email WEX@bristol.gov.uk
- The Education to Employment programme which links an employer and a paid job to a young person with learning disabilities, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Step and Stone, a Bristol-based bakery who work with young people to develop their skills and confidence to find paid employment
A traineeship is a course with work experience for young people aged 16 to 24, which gets you ready for paid work or an apprenticeship. You may be able to gain a qualification such as Maths or English. It can last for up to 6 months and isn't paid, however you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.
Search for a traineeship near you Go to https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/traineeshipsearch (opens new window).
Supported internships are for young people aged 16 to 24 with an Education, Health and Care plan. They can help you find paid work by learning.
- City of Bristol College supported internships Go to http://www.cityofbristol.ac.uk/courses/supported-internship/ (opens new window), email Rachael.Corbett@cityofbristol.ac.uk
- Mencap supported internships Go to https://www.mencap.org.uk/interns-and-outcomes (opens new window)
- SGS College supported internships Go to https://www.sgscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships (opens new window)
If you're over 16 you can apply for an apprenticeship. This is a paid position where you work and learn through training.
Find out more about apprenticeships on the Bristol Works website Go to https://www.bristol.works/whatisanapprenticeship (opens new window).
Search for an apprenticeship near you Go to https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch (opens new window).
People who can help you find training opportunities
You can get help to find training opportunities from:
- your school who'll provide advice on training and career opportunities, ask your teacher how they can help you
- Bristol Works for Everyone team Go to https://www.bristol.works/ (opens new window) if you're aged 14 and above with learning disabilities, email: email@example.com
- the Pathway to Independence team if you are aged 14 and over and are transitioning to adult social care, email Pathway2independence@bristol.gov.uk
- the Post 16 team if you are aged 16 to 25 and need support to apply for jobs or find apprenticeships and college courses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org