4th February 2018

Traineeships

Traineeships are short-term educational and training programmes with work experience that focus on giving a young person the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Often an employer is reluctant to employ someone without experience which is why this 12 or 18 week programme is ideal at providing a young person with the opportunity to gain qualifications and some experience within the workplace setting.

At the core of the Traineeship is the opportunity to gain high quality work experience, as well as vital English & Maths qualifications for those that need it.

Upon the successful completion of the traineeship, learners can progress onto an Apprenticeship, full-time employment or further study, typically via the Study Programme.

Students benefit from professional/semi-professional club/organisation placements and mentoring, a bespoke learning platform, and guidance and support from OFD Education team of management, assessors and delivery staff.

Entry Requirements

To start a traineeship, applicants must be:

  • Aged 16-24 and qualified below level 3.
  • Not currently in a job.
  • Have little work experience.
  • Focused on work or the prospect of it.

Course Outline

Our choice of either a 12 or 18 week traineeship programme includes 360 or 450 guided hours, with the vast majority in each programme providing work experience, supported by vocational sporting qualifications, that allow students to progress to employment or further education.

Option 1 is run over 10-12 weeks with 30 hours per week of combined study and work experience

Option 2 is run over 15-18 weeks with 30 hours per week of combined study and work experience

Both programme options consist of:

  • 1st 4 Sport Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Coaching Sport
  • Functional Skills English
  • Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Work Experience

Course Delivery

A Typical traineeship lasts 12 weeks. The timetable below gives an outline of what can be expected from a work experience and study point of view. The first part of the programme is weighted more towards studying ‘The Principles of Coaching’, with latter part involving mostly practical experience.

Longer and shorter option courses are  available, depending on the delivery site.

Course outline for typical 12 week programme.

  • Functional skills & GCSE English and Maths workbooks provided and assessed by VLUK through the SportBrain™. Trainees that show appropriate progress will be expected to sit the relevant exams.
  • An Employability unit focuses on the essential skills of getting and keeping a job, such as interview techniques, presentation and timekeeping.
  • Principles of coaching taught, monitored and assessed by VLUK teaching staff.
  • All content provided through online SportBrain™

Benefits of Traineeships

Benefits for employers

  • Opportunity for learners to complete this programme ahead of starting a Study Programme, Apprenticeship or gaining work with the employer.

  • An additional potential revenue stream for your club.

  • Short courses that support your local community by providing beneficial work opportunities for young people and help to build your club’s profile.

  • Support from VLUK to deliver the programme on your site (where applicable).

Benefits for learners

Students benefit from professional/semi-professional club/organisation placements and mentoring, a bespoke learning platform, and guidance and support from VLUK’s team of management, assessors and delivery staff.

Exit Routes

Exit routes for trainees who complete the programme may include:

  • Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship
  • Employment
  • Level 2 or 3 Study Programme