For Young People

Finally there is an answer to the problem of wanting to work but not having enough experience to get a job, and not being able to gain the experience without someone giving you a job first!

Traineeships are a new scheme which can help young people who have little or no work experience gain the experience employers are looking for, and they can lead to a paid employment. On a Traineeship programme you will undertake a work placement with an employer, getting hands-on skills and experience in the industry you are interested in working in. Alongside your work experience you'll also gain workplace skills at the college in key areas businesses expect from employees, and we'll show you how to go about applying for work.

Traineeships are unpaid and can last between six weeks up to a maximum of six months –it will vary on who you're working for and what industry you're in. And at the end of your Traineeship programme, you will have a guaranteed interview for a full time Apprenticeship vacancy with the employer, or other paid job vacancies within the business.

  • Go on a work placement in a role that you would like to pursue employment in so you gain hands-on experience that will get you job ready for the future
  • Learn job seeking skills such as how to write a CV, how to prepare for an interview, how to search for the right placement and work on your inter-personal skills
  • Work on transferable English and Math skills to help your employability

To be suitable for a Traineeship you must:

  • Be currently unemployed
  • Have little or no work experience already
  • Be aged between 16-23 and have not yet achieved a full Level 3

Traineeships are flexible for those who are claiming benefits so you'll still be able to receive Jobseeker's Allowance or the new Universal Credit whilst you're in the scheme.

For Employers

Traineeships were brought in by Government in August 2013 to offer young people a way of gaining the necessary skills and experience to gain employment and progress in their career. Traineeships are a work experience programme where young people aged between 16-24 who have little or no job place experience can work with an employer for six weeks to six months. Once a young person has completed a Traineeship with a business, they should be offered an interview for a paid Apprenticeship, a paid role within the business or an exit interview on their time within the business.

Traineeships offer a number of benefits to employers:

  • They can bring in enthusiastic young people with fresh ideas into your business
  • Allow businesses to create skilled workers for the industry
  • Support the local region and economy by helping your business to develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • Staff from your business will have the chance to develop their skills in mentoring and coaching
  • Get first pick of enthusiastic young people who are looking for employment. Effectively a 'try before you buy' system
  • If you decide after the scheme to offer a trainee an Apprenticeship you could be eligible for an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of £1500

To find out more about offering a traineeship within your business, please contact our Business Services Team

Find a list of current apprenticeship vacancies with local employers below. If you'd like to apply for any of these roles, please click here to contact our Apprenticeship team or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone: 0121 694 5066.

South & City College Birmingham - Apprenticeships

This is a small selection of our vacancies and to find out what others are available or more information about the ones you have seen contact our Apprenticeship team.

Alternatively, you can search for an apprenticeship you'll need to follow these steps:

  • Visit
  • Create an account
  • Select to search by "Learning Provider" then enter in "South & City College Birmingham"
  • Once you find the vacancy you're looking for you'll need to register your interest, if you've already registered for the site you'll be able to use the login details you created when you registered.  If you're a new user then you need to follow the steps below.

To register to apply for an apprenticeship it will take a few minutes and it's completely free:

  • Click on the apprenticeship you're interested in, you'll see a login form
  • On this form you'll see a link that says "Register now" - click this link
  • You'll then need to fill out your details
  • Once you've completed the form you'll be sent an email to confirm your account
  • Once you've confirmed your account and logged in you will be able to see all the details of all the apprenticeships that we offer, just remember to search learning provider "South & City College Birmingham".
  • To apply for any of the apprenticeships, simply click the green "Apply" button that can be found in the bottom right hand corner of any vacancy.

If you've got any queries about any of our vacancies don't hesitate to contact us on 0121 694 5066.  You can also tweet at us @southandcitycol and we're on Facebook at

If you're already in employment, you can apply directly to the college to start an Apprenticeship Programme. Contact our Employer Services team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0121 694 5066.

If you've not yet found an employer, take a look at our current vacancies or visit the National Apprenticeship Service website (

We may also be able to help you find the perfect employment opportunity. In the meantime, why not start on a full-time course in a related area?

These level 3 apprenticeships are suitable for school leavers, those who have completed a level 2 apprenticeship or for existing employees who already have some experience in their job role.