Traineeships & Apprenticeships


At Rotherham United Community Sports Trust we run Work Based / Employability training (Traineeships) which provides people with the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in a sports setting. We have two routes for those aged 16 – 18 or 19 – 24 and not in education, employment or training.

“Thousands of young people have got their careers off to a flying start and many have got their dream jobs thanks to football traineeships. English Football League

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience and learn new skills, offering career progression paths within a sport and leisure environment. You will spend 30 hours a week at RUCST where you will get the chance to shadow professional members of club staff and community officers.

After successfully completing 12 weeks of employability skills, leadership qualifications and work experience, you will have the opportunity to progress further with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust either in employment or education.


The Coach Apprentice programme, developed in partnership with RNN group, provides opportunities for 16-18 year olds the chance to immerse themselves in the world of sports coaching.

As well as gaining experience and developing coaching skills in live environments, apprentices will work towards a number of industry-relevant qualifications including the FA Level 1 and Level 2 qualification.

Apprentices receive a weekly salary in line with the national apprentice wage for 30 hours of work, and enjoy a host of additional benefits and incentives.

Training Ground

The EFL Trust offers three programmes to those seeking employment or further training: 16-24 Traineeships, ‘Match Fit’, and ‘Changing Room’.

All of these programmes offer small groups the chance to undertake substantial work experience in a range of employment contexts, to develop employability skills, and to develop their functional skills such as Maths, English.

Drawing on the power of football and the power of the club badge, EFL Trust and the network of EFL Club Community Organisations (CCOs) reach out to a broad spectrum of the community, including disadvantaged and disengaged individuals, and those with physical and mental challenges, supporting them to achieve positive outcomes. Click here for more information.