Make a genius decision and get ahead in your career with an apprenticeship
Whether you're finding your way in the world of work, or taking steps towards a career change, an apprenticeship could be for you.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you will gain work experience, learn new skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage.
As an apprentice you'll:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- get time to study (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.
What are the benefits?
Get a head start in a field you want to work in
As an apprentice you can train in a field you want to work in. You won’t be turned down due to a lack of experience; instead you can grow your career from day one.
Gain nationally recognised qualifications
As well as experience you’ll gain qualifications which will match what your employer wants.
Earn a wage
There is a national minimum wage for apprentices. So as well as gaining skills, experience and qualifications you’ll be earning a wage too.
Earning money and starting in the world of work can help you become a more self-reliant person.
Become a valued employee, receive holiday pay and in some cases, study leave.
From day one you will enjoy many of the perks that come from being employed.
Work with experienced colleagues
Your colleagues will be experienced and successful in their field so you can learn from them as well as from the training you’ll receive.
Try something completely new
Apprenticeships are not only offered in traditional trades like construction and engineering. With a range of roles available so you can try something you’ve always fancied or something you’d have never thought of before.
Get insights into the world of work
As an apprentice, you’ll experience life as an employee in the workplace, picking up lots of skills along the way.
Get experience for your CV
An apprenticeship will look great on your CV. It shows you have experience, appropriate skills and a willingness to work.
Increase your employability
An apprenticeship will help you build your confidence and you will get job specific skills that will make you more employable.
Who can apply?
Apprenticeships in Wales are available to anyone over the age of 16.
Apprenticeships are a good choice for:
- young people looking to transition from student life to working life
- unemployed individuals
- employed individuals looking to switch careers
We know that not all learning takes place in the classroom so it doesn’t matter if you left school with few qualifications, picked up a load of GCSEs, just finished college or graduated with a degree. There is an apprenticeship level to suit you.
Foundation Apprenticeship - equivalent to five good GCSE passes.
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2.
Apprenticeship - equivalent to two A-level passes.
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3.
Higher Apprenticeship - equivalent to a HNC/HND or Foundation Degree level and above.
Apprentices will work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ level 4 or above.
Degree Apprenticeship – offers learning at Level 6 and provides the opportunity to gain a full bachelor’s degree combining work with studying part-time at a university or college in Wales. Degree Apprenticeships will initially be offered in ICT / digital, engineering and advanced manufacturing occupations.
Welsh language and Bilingual Apprenticeships - allows individuals to undertake training opportunities in their chosen language. Apprentices can learn new skills and develop their Welsh language in the workplace.
Types of apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are available in a range of industries and roles including:
- Advanced Manufacture & Materials
- Agriculture and Environment
- Automotive, Transport and Logistics
- Business and Management
- Catering and Hospitality
- Childcare Services
- Construction and Building Services
- Creative & Design
- Digital Technology
- Education and Information Services
- Food and Drink
- Hair and Beauty
- Healthcare Services
- Health & Social Care Services
- Legal and Financial Services
- Life Sciences
- Property Services
- Protective Services
- Public Services
- Travel, Tourism and Leisure
View all of the frameworks available in Wales.
Apprenticeships for disabled people
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, including those with a disability, health condition or learning difficulty.
Almost all apprenticeships can be made accessible and your employer will work with you to ensure you get tailored support to meet your needs so that you can work confidently.
For more information visit Working Wales.
The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021
The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru celebrates the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and work based learning providers who have contributed to the success of the Apprenticeship Programme in Wales.
There are four Apprenticeship Awards categories for individuals:
- Foundation Apprentice of the Year
- Apprentice of the Year
- Higher Apprentice of the Year
- Tomorrows Talent
There are two Awards available for those learners on a traineeship:
- Traineeships Learner of the Year (Engagement)
- Traineeships Learner of the Year (Level 1)
Applications for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2021 are now open! Apply now.
Not sure whether an apprenticeship is the right option for you? You can find out more about your options at Working Wales.
Find an apprenticeship
Use our apprenticeship vacancy service to find an apprenticeship that is right for you.
Help with your application
You can find advice for writing applications, creating a good CV and how to prepare for interviews on the Working Wales website.