We are delighted to be partnering with The Evening Standard, The Independent and Barclays LifeSkills as part of their Skill up, Step up campaign.

This campaign has come about in response to the dramatic rise in youth unemployment in London soaring by 55% to 105,000 since the start of the pandemic, meaning 21% of 16-24 year olds are jobless at a time of record job vacancies of 1.17million countrywide. It points to an urgent need to address the stark mismatch between the skills and experience disadvantaged young people have had the opportunity to develop, and those demanded by employers.

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

Photo credit: Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures/Evening Standard

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 or apprenticeship.

Outcomes for our students include employment or apprenticeships, with top employers in the City, in a wide range of sectors, including finance, digital media, marketing, retail, property and IT.


/   our traineeships?

Out traineeship programme prepares young people aged 16–24 for employment, further training or an apprenticeship.

Our traineeship includes;

  • a high-quality work experience placement in roles such as social media marketing, business administration and sales
  • training to prepare you for work, from writing a standout CV and cover letter, to interview preparation and what to expect in the workplace
  • an opportunity to get your maths and/or English functional skills up to level 2, if you need them
  • a Digital Essential Skills qualification at Level 1

One potential outcome of the traineeship is the opportunity to apply for one of our exclusive office-based apprenticeships with top employers in the City.

/   is City Gateway right for me?

Our mission is to work with young people who have been impacted by social and economic inequality. 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.

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.

Our Traineeship programme is for you if you;

  • are aged 16-24
  • live in 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 work less than 16 hours per week. (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 already have a Level 4 or above qualification


/   why choose City Gateway?

City Gateway is not like going back to school or college, here we treat you as adults, teaching you the practical skills needed for work and your future career.

During your time at City Gateway you will be supported by our dedicated coaching team, who will help you to achieve your potential. Hear more from our coaches in this short film >

You may also be eligible for financial support to help cover costs for travel, food, interview clothes, data/IT, housing/accommodation, personal hygiene, emergency funding and childcare.

We have a number of exclusive apprenticeship opportunities available to City Gateway trainees, which you will have the opportunity to apply for at the end of your traineeship.


how long is the traineeship

Our traineeships range from 3-6 months in length. You will need to come into our hub in East London between 1-3 days a week, depending on which course you are on.

You will be required to attend 5 days a week for the duration of your work experience placement.


success stories

If you’re unsure what you want to do or where to start we can help with a bit of inspiration from two of our past trainees who has been in the same position as you.

Our apprentice Shayon secured a placement with NSPCC after attending City Gateway, and Adetayo secured an apprenticeship with the global law firm Dentons.

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


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

If you’re an employer and looking to provide a work placement, job or apprenticeship opportunity, find out more here >

our campaign employers include