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In this section you can find out everything you need to know about Apprenticeships, from the qualifications involved, the areas in which you can work and the different levels available.

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships in Wales are a way to earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Coupled with additional training, usually on a day-release basis, from a partner training provider you will work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Anyone who is over 16, living in Wales and not in full-time education can apply for an Apprenticeship. So whether you have just left school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. There are Apprenticeships to suit your grades and experience, so why not see if there is one out there for you!  

Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that they’ve been trained in the skills they need.

Typically Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £2.68 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

What is in it for you?

You can learn on the job:  An Apprenticeship will give you essential job-specific skills, knowledge and professional qualifications to put you ahead of the game. You will work towards a work-based qualification which will be at least Level 2 from the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).

You can earn while you learn: as an Apprentice you will do a real job for a real employer. So you will receive a regular wage from day one with paid holidays, the same benefits as other employees and additional training with your chosen training provider.  

As your skills develop, your pay will increase accordingly.  You may also get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or help with a disability.

Benefits of an Apprenticeship

Getting qualified while on the job can also mean:

  1. You work better and more effectively.
  2. It can set you up to move into new and better jobs. 
  3. You get better pay.
  4. You get to experience new and different challenges. 
  5. Your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster. 
  6. You learn at your own pace and get support when you need it.
  7. Better job security. 
  8. You gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.

About my training

When you embark on an Apprenticeship in Wales you will be given targets and regular progress checks are made to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.

As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as the majority of the training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a local college or a specialist training organisation. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release or over a number of days in a block.

The amount of time you spend varies according to your Apprenticeship. It could be anything from one day every other fortnight to two days every week.

Next steps

Take a look at the types of Apprenticeships programmes on this website that are available on the relevant pages within this website.

You can search for apprenticeships on the Apprenticeship Matching Service.

Careers Wales provides free, bilingual, impartial careers information, advice and guidance for all ages - bringing education and business together.  

Jobcentre Plus provides a wide range of information and services, like benefits, loans and grants and help with finding a job.

You can contact them on 0800 028 4844 or visit the Careers Wales website.