Northampton Holiday Activity Provision

The provision will offer eligible children, young people and families a wide range of exciting opportunity and support throughout the 2021 school Easter holidays and beyond.



Traineeships are a window of opportunity for young people who may be finding it difficult to enter the world of work with their existing credentials and qualifications. Through practical experience, traineeships teach you the ins and outs of a particular industry and provide insight into typical tasks you will be expected to undertake in full time employment.

Many trainees go on to work in the organisation that conducted their traineeship. However, if you decide that path isn’t right for you, the you have the advantage of valuable work experience to add to your CV, along with a meaningful written reference.

You can apply for a traineeship if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • have little or no work experience but are motivated to work
  • aged 16 to 24 – or 25 with an EHC plan – and qualified up to level 3

Traineeships are free. The cost of training is given directly to training providers by the government.

  • training to prepare you for work, including CV writing and what to expect in the workplace
  • support to improve your English, maths and digital skills if you need it
  • sector focused vocational learning to help prepare you for your apprenticeship or job and recognition of your learning
  • a high-quality work placement of at least 70 hours
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with written feedback

A traineeship is a training programme and isn’t a job. Employers are not required to pay you for the work placement, but they can support you with expenses such as transport and meals.

If you are eligible, you can maintain your entitlement to benefits whilst on a traineeship as necessary.

Along with recognition of your learning, there will be support to link you with job opportunities. You can also work a part time job up to 16 hours a week whilst undertaking a Traineeship.

You may get:

  • Expenses for transport and meals from your employer
  • Financial support for travel, childcare or a disability from your training provider
  • Support from your local Jobcentre Plus if you are eligible for work benefits