What is a Traineeship?
A Traineeship is a course that has valuable work experience embedded into it, to get you ready for work or an Apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.
Crackerjack Training’s Traineeships are aimed for those that have already obtained their GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent). During this Traineeship, you will undertake The Early Years Practitioner Diploma, Employability level 2 and a work placement. You will be required to attend a work placement 2 – 3 days a week. This is to enhance your employability skills and get you ready for an Apprenticeship level 3 or employment at the end of the 6 month Traineeship.
The Traineeship is a full time course, and is ideal for those that have clear ambition, and focussed on getting employed!
For learners that are on Traineeships, you may be eligible for a discretionary bursary, Free Meals in Further Education or access to the vulnerable bursary. All of these have set eligibility, which can be found on, our Bursary Application form, also on the GOV.UK website and is set out by Educational and Skills Funding Agency. All learners upon enrolment will be given the Bursary Application form, once submitted with all necessary information, you will be informed if you have met the set criteria for the claim. Please find the links for the bursaries and Free Meals in further education below:
Discretionary and Vulnerable bursary:
Free Meals further education:
Traineeship – Early Years Practitioner Level 2 Diploma
This qualification is for those who want a career in the Early Years Workforce. It provides you with the knowledge and understanding of working with babies and young children from birth to 7 years old. It supports the development of the practical, and technical skills needed to work with children.
You will submit written assignments, and be observed in the workplace that assess your core knowledge and skills competencies. These observations will be conducted by your allocated assessor, who will help you progress during your learning.
On completion of this qualification you will be able to work as:
- Early Years Assistant
- Pre-school assistant
- Play group assistant
- Childminder assistant or as a childminder
Employability Level 2
The Employability qualification will help you become more confident within a work setting. You will complete some work tasks, such as creating a CV, job searches and presentations.
You will learn about the skills needed to find, and keep a job, how to prepare for an interview, and the behaviours needed to be successful.
This qualification has written tasks to complete, as well as a presentation. You will participate in interactive sessions, which consist of group activities, and role play.
Work experience is essential for completion of your Traineeship. All trainees will take part in work experience within a childcare setting during their qualification. This is to help develop and enhance your employability skills and knowledge. For this to happen, each trainee will have to undergo a DBS (police check). On enrolment, you will be asked for specific documents to bring in, and we will talk you though how to apply for this, there is no cost to you thee learner or parents for this. We need the DBS to ensure that you can work in the childcare settings.
Once this comes back clear, and we have received notification on this, you will be allocated a work placement. You can help find the placement, or Chloe, our Employment Liaison Officer will find this for you.
To complete the Traineeship, you must achieve a set number of hours in the childcare setting, to complete the Early Years Practitioner qualification. Your assessor will visit you within the workplace and set you tasks, and activities to carry out, so they can observe you. This will ensure that at the end of your level 2 qualification, you are competent in all areas. Excellent attendance is needed throughout the Traineeship.
If you would like more information on this qualification, please complete an application form by clicking here.