Traineeships are designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to get an apprenticeship or job. 

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How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a place on My Traineeship please contact Angela Kimber 0161 793 3447 or email The application deadline is Friday 25 August 2017.

For further information please read on, including the My Traineeship downloadable document at the bottom of this page.

Financial support

Traineeships with Salford Futures are usually for 12 or 16 weeks and are voluntary, however whilst you are undertaking a traineeship you're entitled to receive help with the cost of travel both to and from your training and work experience placement. Arrangements will be made to issue you with a free bus pass. After completing the 12 or 16 week traineeship you will also receive a £200 bonus payment (training allowance for candidates not claiming benefits or as an alternative to claiming benefits).

If you are claiming an out-of-work benefit, eg Jobseeker's Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, or Income Support and are offered a traineeship you are advised to inform your Jobcentre Plus adviser to clarify whether your benefits will be affected should you undertake a traineeship.

Candidates not currently claiming benefits will be able to access a training allowance of up to £70 per week, in addition to the 16 to 19 bursary where eligible (subject to satisfactory attendance).

What are the benefits of a traineeship?

  • Improve your chances of getting an apprenticeship or a job.
  • Access eight to 16 week work experience placement. 
  • Achieve accredited vocational qualifications.   
  • Practice your existing skills in the workplace.   
  • Gain new skills and workplace experience to enhance your CV.   
  • Build your confidence and self esteem.
  • 73% of participants completing Salford futures traineeships move into an apprenticeship or a job.  
  • Improving your English and maths skills will boost your chances of getting a job as well as improving your long term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime.
  • Employers are at the centre of traineeships to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment.
  • Obtain a quality work reference and interview skills.
  • Promote your skills, experience and commitment to employers.
  • Access interviews for current apprenticeships or jobs.

Find out more about traineeships.

Traineeship in practice

Salford City Council in partnership with Myerscough College have recently delivered a 12 week Environmental Services Traineeship where 12 participants were given the chance to complete eight weeks' work experience at the council and four weeks of classroom activities with the aim of gaining the following accredited training, skills and support:

  • Level 1 ASDAN Employability Skills Award   
  • Functional skills in literacy and numeracy   
  • Health and Safety training (manual handling/risk assessment)   
  • Use of powered tools and equipment training (strimmers/leaf blowers, etc)     
  • Sharps awareness training
  • Virtual College e-learning modules:
    • Health and safety in the workplace
    • Equality and diversity in the workplace   
    • Problem solving  
    • Time management 
    • Date protection and confidentiality in the workplace
    • CV development and support
    • Interviews and mock interviews      


Following the traineeship all candidates secured interviews with Salford City Council and other local employers for apprenticeships and job opportunities with four progressing into environmental/gardening related jobs/apprenticeships.

21 year-old trainee, Paul Stringer, said: "I’ve gained confidence, valuable experience and new skills from the council’s traineeship programme."

The Brookhouse resident added: "Hopefully I’ll be able to get into full-time work on the back of this. I want to thank everyone involved for helping us through the process and for teaching us new skills."

Ryan said: "I was out of work for a year and a half. Salford City Council offered me a traineeship, I really enjoyed the placement and gained new skills and met some wonderful people. After completing the traineeship I was given an apprenticeship with Salford City Council which has changed my life for the better. I am now able to save for a deposit on a new house and plan trips abroad. I would recommend a traineeship to anybody as it is a great way to learn new skills and to better yourself."

Downloadable documents

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This page was last updated on 7 August 2017

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