Programmes Explained

Here is an explanation of the programmes that can be found as part of the ‘Training Search’ on the home page.

Pre Employment

This is a term we use to cover all training and support that is designed to help people move towards work. These can be long or short term programmes, work –based or in the classroom or both. Typically these types of programmes will help people to prepare for work whether that is work experience, writing a CV, interviewing skills, introductory occupational skills or English & maths. These programmes can lead to Traineeships and Apprenticeships.


Traineeships are a Government programme designed to help people who are nearly ready for an Apprenticeship but require a little support to get there. Traineeships include work experience, work readiness training and English and maths. Traineeships are designed to lead on to an Apprenticeship or other paid work. More details are available here.


Apprenticeships area a Government programme that enables employers to recruit and train staff to national standards with Government support. Apprentices earn while they learn. Apprenticeships are available at three levels Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. The level that is right for your business depends on the type of job roles that you have available. Job roles suiting people starting an apprenticeship straight from school or without any prior experience would normally be at Intermediate level. Job roles suiting those who have been working for a while with some experience, skills and responsibility may be best suited to Advanced level while job roles at the Higher or Degree Apprenticeship level are the most challenging and senior requiring a significant level of skill and responsibility at work to be achieved. More details are available here.