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Apprenticeship programmes

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Current programmes available in Wales that can help young people to become an apprentice.
Wales has developed a highly successful apprenticeship programme over the last few years. Built in partnership with Welsh businesses the programmes have a strong focus on the quality of delivery. Apprenticeships are highly valued by both employers and apprentices and our framework success rates are consistently over 80%.

Apprenticeships help individuals gain valuable on the job experience while studying towards a nationally recognised qualification. By recruiting Apprentices you can shape your future workforce to suit the needs and culture of your organisation. Training an apprentice is also more cost effective than hiring pre-skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment cost.

The Welsh Government aims to create at least 100,000 all age apprenticeships over the next five years to ensure peoples' skills align with what the economy needs. There are over 120 apprenticeship frameworks in Wales and the range of industries that offer Apprenticeships is now bigger than ever.

Find out how you can recruit an apprentice by visiting Business Wales Skills Gateway or calling 03000 6 03000 or to register your interest in apprenticeships, you can complete our Expression of Interest form.

You can recruit an apprentice at one of three levels.

Foundation apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are a great way for individuals to take the first step in starting their future career. Foundation apprentices study towards qualifications equivalent to 5 GCSEs or NVQ Level 2 and often go on to complete Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships.


Apprenticeships can help you boost productivity and expand your business. Apprentices gain valuable on the job skills, whilst studying towards nationally recognized qualification equivalent to 5GCSEs, 2 A-Levels and NVQ level 3.

Higher Apprenticeships

The Welsh government is dedicated to improving higher level skills in Wales through Higher Apprenticeships, focusing on increasing the number of technical and professional opportunities at level 4 and above.

Higher Apprenticeships allow individuals to work towards a qualification equivalent to a foundation or honours degree. Higher Apprenticeships are available across a range of sectors from Aerospace to Accountancy, Construction to Creative Media.

The numbers of people choosing Higher Apprenticeships are going up and more businesses are realising the benefits. So if you would like to develop higher level skills and grow your business the Welsh Government’s Higher Apprenticeship programme can help.

Welsh language and Bilingual apprenticeships

The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring individuals are able to undertake learning and training opportunities in their chosen language. In recent years we have seen an increase in the take up of Welsh and Bilingual apprenticeships. 

Welsh and Bilingual Apprenticeships give individuals the opportunity to learn new skills while receiving support to maintain and develop their Welsh-language skills.

If your existing workforce or new learners have Welsh language requirements and are keen to develop their skills, the Welsh Government Apprenticeship Programme can help.

By recruiting an apprentice you could ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs. 

The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

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