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If you are over 16, living in Wales and not in full-time education you can apply for an apprenticeship.

First published:
29 July 2020
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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you'll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job specific skills
  • gain a qualification
  • 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.

Who can apply

Apprenticeships in Wales are available to anyone over the age of 16.

Apprenticeship levels

Name

Level

Equivalent educational level
Foundation Apprenticeship NVQ level 2 5 good GCSE passes
Apprenticeship NVQ level 3 2 A-level passes
Higher Apprenticeship NVQ level 4 or above

HNC, HND or foundation degree level and above.

Degree Apprenticeship NVQ level 6 You will combine work with part-time study at a university or college and gain a full bachelor’s degree.

Degree Apprenticeships are currently available in ICT, digital, engineering and advanced manufacturing occupations.

Welsh language and bilingual apprenticeships allow you to train in your chosen language.

Apprenticeships for disabled people

Almost all apprenticeships can be made accessible. Your employer will work with you to ensure you get tailored support to meet your needs so that you can work confidently.

How to apply

Search for an apprenticeship on Careers Wales. You will find details on how to apply in the vacancy.

Careers Wales has advice to help you write an application and prepare for an interview.

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