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This section provides information for work-based learning providers.

The Young Recruits Programme is an all Wales programme that provides financial support to employers offering high quality apprenticeship programmes to recruit and train additional young apprentices (16-24 year olds).

What exactly is the Young Recruits Programme?

Targeted support will be made available to create additional opportunities for young people to access quality apprenticeship places. The programme can benefit:

  • large employers that already offer high quality apprenticeship programmes who are able to expand their programmes to take on additional learners
  • small and medium sized employers working individually or in partnership to offer additional apprenticeship opportunities where there is a need to maintain a highly-skilled workforce for when the economy recovers.

Young Recruits Programme eligibility criteria

All employers must: 

  • be able to offer (a) full time additional apprenticeship place(s), ie. a minimum of 25 hours including time with the provider
  • be paying the appropriate minimum wage for apprentices (or any other National Minimum Wage regulation that may apply)
  • be able to evidence payment to their learner with certified copies of wage slips or bank statement.  

Without this evidence, we are unable to offer the support.

All learners must:

  • be between the ages of 16 and 24 at time of application
  • be living and/or working in Wales
  • have been employed by the applicant for no longer than 10 weeks at time of application 
  • be enrolled upon a level 2 or level 3 apprenticeship framework with a Welsh Government-contracted work based learning provider.

What is the financial support?

An enhanced wage subsidy of £2,600 over 52 weeks will be paid to employers, subject to the eligibility criteria and evidential requirements being met (not applicable to the public sector). The wage subsidy will be paid in instalments of £50 per week for 52 weeks.

To find out more:

Contact your local Work Based Learning Provider or Careers Wales on 0800 100 900.