What is a traineeship?

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What is a traineeship?

Simply put, a traineeship is a training programme set up to lead you to becoming a manager or top specialist. The programme will consist of improving your knowledge and skills sets. Many companies offer different types of traineeships, from management traineeships to traineeships in finance or IT.

What is the purpose of a traineeship?

The aim of all traineeships is to ensure that you as the trainee are developed into a proficient manager or specialist. The intention of the traineeship is so that the trainee will be offered a permanent position within the organisation.

How long is a traineeship?

A traineeship can last from six weeks to a maximum of six months (rarely a year). All content during the traineeship is tailored to the needs of the business and the individual. All traineeship programmes will reflect the needs of the trainee, as they are in need of learning.  

When is the best time to do a traineeship?

In reality, there is no best time to actually do a traineeship. Organisations that offer traineeships usually start their application process at different times. For those graduating, the start date will usually be after you graduate.

Who can do a traineeship?

In the UK and The Netherlands, those seeking to do a traineeship can do so after they have finished their studies in high school. However, there are more advanced traineeship programmes for students graduating from university at companies like Albert Heijn, Heineken or Accenture. These traineeships are specific for those students who have achieved a degree. They offer students an opportunity to learn, while they work at the company.

The difference between a traineeship and an internship

When undertaking an internship, you are usually understood to be a temporary member of staff within the organisation. In some cases, an intern can be hired by the firm they are working for after their internship has ended given there is an open vacancy or with outstanding performance. However, a traineeship programme, is somewhat different. The trainee taken on by the company offering the traineeship is looking to hire the trainee in question at the conclusion of their traineeship.

A trainee is an official member of staff within the organisation. They are being trained and prepared for the job they are preparing to undertake. So, they are basically an employee in training.

Different types of traineeships

As you probably guessed there are multiple types of traineeships, in various different sectors for graduates to choose from. In the Netherlands, organisations have adjusted their programmes to the needs of their trainee and of their organisation. Some of the types of traineeships you can expect to get as as a graduate include:

Management traineeship

Management traineeships are the most common type of traineeships. As you probably guessed, management traineeships are centred on improving your management skills and the trainees’ ability to manage people effectively.

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IT traineeship

IT traineeships are increasing in The Netherlands. This is a direct result of organisations and employers needing well trained IT specialists.

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Finance traineeship

Finance traineeships are the most diverse in The Netherlands. This is because they cover all industries, and organisations require graduates who are well trained and have a high level of finance/financial expertise.

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Marketing traineeship

Traineeships in marketing are not as common. However, the opportunities that do exist offer graduates looking to develop a profession in marketing a great start in their career, being trained from day one in modern marketing approaches.

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Consultancy traineeship

Consultancy is an industry that requires much training and insights. For graduates looking to start a career in consultancy, this is a great start through a traineeship. A consultancy traineeship offers on-the-job training and insights into how the company works with clients. These traineeships are often very competitive and it is important to express your interest early with those employers offering consultancy traineeships.

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Benefits of doing a traineeship


  • Get to know more about the company before you officially start your job
  • Build networks in your first few months
  • Understand better where your strengths are professionally
  • Get to ask questions and gain insights to your job and the organisation through a senior supervisor within the company

Cons of doing a traineeship

  • It requires you to have a lot of social skills early on within a professional working environment
  • As a requirement to being a trainee, you are expected to be very flexible in your work hours
  • You are expected to continue working at the company after completion

In reality, traineeships are a fantastic opportunity for graduates seeking jobs after graduation. There are traineeships in a range of sectors and offering traineeships across a number of different positions.

So find out  what companies are offering traineeships today.