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We continue to be here to support care leavers and there will always be someone you can contact to offer advice, help and support on 03000 262 271. 

Help for care leavers to get an apprenticeship or traineeship

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship.


As an apprentice you'll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)


As a trainee you'll get:

  • a work experience placement
  • help with English and Maths (if you need it)

You won't be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

Help with finding an apprenticeship or traineeship

Your Young Person's Advisor (YPA) or your social worker will help you to find an apprenticeship or traineeship. They will help you complete application forms, prepare for interviews and provide help with money.

They will also support you to get help from DurhamWorks and the Adult Learning and Skills Service (below).


With DurhamWorks you will have a Personal Advisor who will support you to go forward into further education, training or employment. They'll give you lots of information, advice and guidance about the range of apprenticeships and traineeships available to you.

You'll be able to access activities and programmes to help you gain the skills, confidence and experience you need. Your Personal Advisor will also help you with any problems such as child care, transport or costs.

Adult Learning and Skills Service

With an Adult Learning and Skills Service apprenticeship you can get hands on experience in a job, earning a wage while you gain valuable skills, knowledge and qualifications. Apprenticeship programmes include:

  • business administration
  • information technology 
  • customer service
  • health and social care
  • support teaching and learning in schools.

Their traineeships can help to prepare you for an apprenticeship or a job by helping you to become 'work ready'. They offer courses such as a Traineeship for Care Leavers. This is specifically designed to meet your needs - you will have the opportunity to go on a work placement, improve your english and maths, as well as receiving help with any problems such as child care, transport or costs. They'll also help you plan your next steps.

Contact us
Young People's Service
03000 262 289
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