Pathways to Employment – Traineeships

A traineeship is an education and training programme combined with a work placement. It prepares young people for the working world by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Traineeships can be created to meet the needs of an employer and young person.

If you are aged between 16 and 24 (or 25 with an EHCP), have little or no work experience and are qualified below Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels), you can apply to do a traineeship.

The following organisations run traineeships within Essex:
Organisation Traineeships Location How to access
  • Retail
  • Customer service
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Construction 

The company is based in Chelmsford.

Traineeships can potentially be offered across Essex.

The Ixion website lists current traineeship opportunities.

To get more information on traineeships you can also email: or call: 0844 248 0515.


Central Training Group The traineeships which are advertised currently are within customer service at a Southend based organisation.

The company is based in Southend.

Traineeships are delivered throughout London and the South East.

Call Central Training Group on 01702 671227.
STC Group
  • Construction
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Professional Services

Young people are able to book a free taster session, talk to existing students and discuss course options with trainers.

Call: 0345 565 265

Nova Vocational courses include:

  • Motor Vehicle
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Business Administration
  • Retail
  • Warehousing
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Hair and Beauty
Traineeships are delivered in different areas of the country, including Essex.

Nova’s online form

Call: 01206 562657

Call: 01255 427785

Hart Learning and Development


They offer a three-week Kickstart course to kick start you into, or back to, employment.  You will gain qualifications in Customer Service, Business Admin and Personal and Social Skills.

They also offer traineeships in different industry areas.

London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Essex

Sign up for a course on the Hart Learning and Development website.

Call: 01462 471041

To search and apply for traineeships across the UK: A search engine for training courses which can be sorted by location, price, length, and upcoming start dates National Once you have found a course, fill out the ‘Request Information’ form with your details
GOV.UK Search and apply for a traineeship using the GOV.UK search.  There is also the option to select ‘Disability Confident’ National Once you have found a course, you will need to sign in to apply.