Early years traineeship

Realise is offering young people aged 16 – 18 the chance to kick start their career with our childcare traineeship programme.

Course overview

At a glance




6 – 12 weeks



About the course

Our childcare traineeship has been designed by sector experts to deliver real work experience while teaching you the skills you need to get hired.

  • Get real life experience in the fast-paced childcare sector
  • Increase your chances of progression onto an apprenticeship
  • Support to develop your maths and English skills if necessary
  • Earn up to £50 a week with all travel expenses reimbursed
  • A free DBS
  • Traineeships are funded by the Government, depending on eligibility

Is this course right for you?

Traineeships are a great alternative for young people who may not feel ready for an apprenticeship. Maybe your skills and experience need developing a bit before an employer will take you on. If this is the case for you, you should seriously consider a traineeship as a first step.

A lack of qualifications or work experience doesn’t have to stand in the way of getting on the career ladder. Traineeships help young people in this very situation.

Anyone aged 16 – 18 with little or no work experience, and without a level 3 qualification, can apply for a childcare traineeship at Realise.

What you’ll learn

You will develop new skills that will underpin your future success in an apprenticeship or early years setting. The course includes:

  • A focussed period of work preparation training, covering areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search and skills needed to work in the early years sector
  • A high-quality work placement with one of our network of trusted employers to give meaningful work experience and an opportunity to develop workplace skills
  • Support to develop your English and maths skills if necessary
  • An interview for an apprenticeship or job if available, or an exit interview with written feedback.

83% of our traineeship learners have progressed onto an apprenticeship in a nursery setting.

How you’ll learn

The programme is delivered in cohorts, to provide learners with the opportunity to network with individuals at similar stages of their career.

Need more information?

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Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay for a traineeship?

No. Traineeships are funded by the Government, depending on eligibility.

How long does the traineeship programme take to complete?

Our traineeship is tailored to each learner and can an average of 12 weeks to complete depending on your individual career needs. If you consistently progress well with your learning, have excellent attendance and performance on your work placement, you are more likely to progress to an apprenticeship early.

Will I be paid?

Earn up to £50 a week while you learn plus all travel costs are reimbursed as part of our traineeship programme.

What support will I receive?

Realise will provide personal and learning support to help you achieve your traineeship. We will also help you with job and apprenticeship opportunities.

Who can apply?

To apply for our traineeship programme, you must be aged 16 to 18 with little to no work experience but motivated to work. You are still eligible for our traineeship if you have qualifications up to level 3.

Ready to take the next step?

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