City Gateway’s Traineeship programme prepares young people aged 16–24 for employment, further training or an apprenticeship through training, coaching and work experience.

We have a Traineeship programme which will give you the skills and work experience employers are looking for in the people they hire. And if you need them, we will also help you get your maths and/or English functional skills up to level 2. Our Traineeship programme aims to help you achieve a sustained job, apprenticeship or further education outcome that is appropriate to your skills and ambitions.

One potential outcome is our office-based apprenticeships, with top employers in the City, in areas such as administration, customer service specialist, team leader/supervisor and departmental manager.

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If you’re unsure what you want to do or where to start we can help with a bit of inspiration from someone who has been in the same position as you. Our apprentice Shayon secured a placement with NSPCC after our Traineeship programme, watch this video to learn more:

/   what is a Traineeship?

In a nutshell, a Traineeship prepares you for work. You will have training and support from tutors and coaches to prepare you for every step along the way, from writing a stand out CV and cover letter, to interview preparation and what to expect in the workplace. You will also receive first-hand experience thanks to work experience placements with top employers, all of whom have partnered with City Gateway as they want to support your development as much as we do. If you need it, you will have the chance to get your maths and/or English functional skills up to level 2. You will also gain a Digital Essential Skills qualification at Level 1 to equip you for the world of work or further education.

/   why a Traineeship?

A Traineeship supports you to get into a job or an apprenticeship, essentially helping you get your foot in the door. Traineeships can be a more successful route into employment rather than a direct application to a job or an apprenticeship as trainees have the opportunity to sample what the working environment is like, and employers get to see just what you’re capable of, which can lead to apprenticeship opportunities with those employers.

/   is City Gateway right for me?

Our mission is to work with young people who have been impacted by social and economic inequality. And we know that as a result of this inequality, circumstances in your life may have held you back previously. You may have been in care or faced challenges of unstable housing or homelessness. You may be a young carer, be in debt, have had criminal justice involvement or had to deal with substance abuse or bringing up a child as a lone parent. Or you may have faced other challenges that have prevented you from reaching your full potential. Whatever your previous experiences may have been, we are here to work with you to achieve your goals.

We are not a college. We are a charity and we rely on funding in order to be able to deliver the programmes we do. And we receive funding specifically to support young people who have faced these challenges in life.

Our Traineeship programme is for you if you;

  • are aged 16-24
  • live in London and can travel to our site in Poplar, East London
  • are not in full time education
  • are not in employment or are in part time work that is not your chosen career and you earn less than £17,004 per year. (You will need to be able to commit to a course with us which will be up to full time when on work experience placement)
  • have faced any of the challenges mentioned above

As you go through our enrolment process we will be asking you to share paperwork relating to the above.

Our Traineeship programme is not for you if you;

  • already have the skills and experience needed to find an apprenticeship or work
  • are still in year 11 or over the age of 24
  • are already in paid employment earning more than £17,004 per year
  • already have a Level 4 or above qualification

/   how can City Gateway help?

Every person who comes to City Gateway will have had different routes and experiences to get to where they are now. And will have different directions they want to go in, in the future. And we want to support you to get there.

This course is up to 12 weeks long, this will initially be one day per week increasing to five days per week when you are on work experience placement. You will have lessons in employability to help you become ready for employment. You will learn how to put together a standout CV and cover letter, how to prepare for those all-important interviews, and you will get to meet leading professionals in the business world, giving you an insight into different job roles and company environments. You will then get to put your new found knowledge into practice with an office based work experience placement.

This course is for you if you:

  • are aged 16-24
  • live in London and can travel to our site in Poplar, East London
  • are not in full time education
  • are not in employment or are in part time work that is not your chosen career and you earn less than £17,004 per year. (You will need to be able to commit to a course with us which will be up to full time when on work experience placement)
  • have both your English and maths GCSE grade C/4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2

At the end of the course you will be ready to go into an apprenticeship, a job or further education. We will prepare you and support you throughout your time with us and into whichever route is right for you.

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This course is up to 20 weeks long, two to three days per week initially, increasing to five days per week when you are on work experience placement. You will have employability lessons, coaching sessions and will go on work experience placements (currently these are all office based). If you need them you can also get your English and maths Functional Skills qualifications up to a level 2. You will also gain an Essential Digital Skills Qualification.

This course is for you if you:

  • are aged 16-24
  • live in London and can travel to our site in Poplar, East London
  • are not in full time education
  • are not in employment or are in part time work that is not your chosen career and you earn less than £17,004 per year. (You will need to be able to commit to a course with us which will be up to full time when on work experience placement)
  • do not have English and/or maths GCSE Grade C/4 or above

At the end of the course you will be ready to go into an apprenticeship, a job or further education. We will prepare you and support you throughout your time with us and into whichever route is right for you.

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One of the potential outcomes for when you finish your traineeship is to apply for one of our Office Based Apprenticeships. We work with a variety of employers including NSPCC, Man Group, Thoughtworks and Savills who provide apprenticeships across areas such as administration, customer service specialist, team leader/supervisor and departmental manager. Apprenticeships combine working and earning a wage with studying at the same time. They tend to range between 12-18 months in duration.

We will share with you all opportunities available to you with our partner employers as well as any other opportunities we can support you into.

what courses are available?

what courses are available?

coaching support

Whichever Traineeship is right for you, you will be supported throughout your time at City Gateway by our dedicated coaching team. You’ll get the chance to meet our coaches at our Introduction session. They will be there to support and encourage you throughout your time with City Gateway, helping you to achieve your potential. Hear more from our coaches in this short film >

Within our coaching programme we run a project funded by the European Social Fund called Coaching for Potential. This is aimed at individuals aged 19 and above. Find out more here >

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success story

‘Before City Gateway there was a lot I didn’t have in terms of skills… I guess you could say I had low self-esteem… Joining City Gateway doing courses and training with them I grew in confidence and I was able to find out about skills I didn’t have necessarily.’
Adetayo, City Gateway apprentice

how to apply

If you’re 16–24 and want to join a course, you can apply by clicking on the button below.

It can be daunting starting something new but starting something new with a friend is far less nerve-wracking. Why not speak to your mates and see who else might be interested in signing up with you?

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask, they may be covered in our frequently asked questions or if not do give us a call or send us an email:

Call: 0203 727 6234

Email: welcome@citygateway.org.uk

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If you would like to refer a young person, please click here >

examples of apprenticeships we offer

We work with a range of employers and are currently recruiting for a selection of apprenticeship vacancies such as those below. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply for roles such as these today.

 

Business Administrator Level 3>

Customer Service Practitioner Level 2>

Customer Service Specialist Level 3>

Team Leader Supervisor Level 3>

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our partner employers include