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Evaluation of Pathways to Apprenticeship programme

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  • Release date: 16 July 2015
The programme gives young people the opportunity to spend a year in College doing preliminary study. It also enables them to undertake a work placement to prepare them for the Government-supported Apprenticeship scheme.

The programme ran from 2009/10 to 2013/14 and was supported from 2010/11 onwards by funding from the European Social Fund (ESF).

Key findings from the report are that:

  • Pathways to Apprenticeship (PtA) provided eight thousand learners with valuable skills and qualifications, and a degree of employability which is likely to have enhanced their career prospects and lifetime earnings. It did so at a cost which is, over time, expected to generate a net benefit for public budgets
  • PtA’s key success was that the programme of learning was strong as demonstrated by high levels of completion and attainment, and high levels of satisfaction with the programme amongst learners
  • while the ESF-funded targets within the programme were nearly all achieved, the Welsh Government targets for numbers progressing into Apprenticeship were not met
  • a further limitation of the programme was that it required a high rate of administrative and organisational input in relation to its scale of delivery.

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Tel: 0300 062 8788
Email: kimberley.wigley@gov.wales

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