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Welsh Government Apprentices

Why an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice you will earn while you train. It’s a great career choice whether you are leaving school or college, returning to work after starting a family or looking for a new career. There’s a wide range of jobs on offer.  A job at the Welsh Government is unlike any other in Wales.

At the Welsh Government you’ll be given support and guidance so you can develop your skills in the workplace. You will also need to set aside time to study for your apprenticeship. You’ll be a valued member of the team from day one.

What apprenticeships are available?

This year we are advertising three separate schemes:

  • Digital Data and Technology apprenticeships
  • Business and Administration apprenticeships
  • Finance apprenticeships

You will need to apply for each scheme you are interested in. This means you would need to apply for all three apprenticeship adverts if you’re interested in all three schemes. Please keep in mind, these are very different opportunities and the application form questions will therefore differ for each scheme.  

When and how?

We are recruiting for apprentices to start in September 2022 with adverts going live on 28 March 2022.

If successful, you would be matched into an apprentice role in merit order. This means you cannot choose which role you are posted to, however, the information you provide in your application form will be taken into consideration, where possible, when we match you.

There will be roles available across the Welsh Government which could include areas such as Health, Social Services, Education, Economy, Science, Natural Resources, Finance and the Permanent Secretaries Group.

Our 2022 adverts are now live, click here to visit our jobs board to make your application.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you:

  • will be 16 years of age, or over, by 1 September 2022
  • will not be in full-time education (you can apply while still attending school/college/university but will have finished or intend to finish your studies by the time your apprenticeship starts)
  • will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements and comply with UK immigration legislation to apply.

What are the benefits?

How much will I be paid?

Your starting salary will be £21,300 and you will be eligible for membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

What holidays will I get?

You will get 31 days holidays per annum as well as 10 public and privilege days.

What qualifications can I get?

If you successfully pass your apprenticeship you will secure a Level 3 NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in the relevant discipline [Business & Administration, AAT Accountancy & Finance or ICT Software, Web & Telecoms].

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Your apprenticeship training agreement will be for 18 months.

Other benefits

Working for the Welsh Government has many great benefits, including:

  • Flexible working practices to help you get the right work/life balance such as part time working and flexible/remote working.
  • Access to training opportunities, online courses and regular personal development discussions.
  • Dedicated health & safety and occupational health teams to provide staff support.
  • A variety of activities such as staff clubs which include a choir, running and mindfulness, wellbeing classes, gym access in our Cardiff office, access to public bikes, sporting teams, and language groups and classes.
  • Informal homeworking options and online Teams meeting facilities.
  • Mentors and social networking groups.

Why the Welsh Government?

At the Welsh Government we have over 5,000 staff across Wales. Our jobs are also incredibly varied giving you the opportunity to work in areas such as health, education, environment, sport, tourism, digital, finance and many more. 

We offer some of the best apprenticeship opportunities in Wales, which can open doors to your future career.

As a Welsh Government apprentice you’ll discover the huge number of different things we do. Many staff are office hub or home based while others are out and about working in marine enforcement, as a castle custodian, a traffic officer, a farm liaison officer or something else entirely. 

Take a look at our video library

Watch our 'Welcome Video' to hear from our Permanent Secretary, and other colleagues across the organisation, about what you can expect when working for Welsh Government.
 
Watch our case study videos where current apprentices and their managers talk first-hand about the Welsh Government Apprenticeship Scheme.

Find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships from Vaughan Gething, Minister for Economy.

Welcome video
Find out more about being an apprentice at Welsh Government
Meleri and Sheree
Sheree and Meleri talk about the benefits of a Welsh Government apprenticeship
Fiza and Ellis
Fiza and Ellis talk about their experience of the Welsh Government apprenticeship scheme
Vaughan Gething MS
Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething talks about the benefits of apprenticeships

Additional information

Eligibility

To apply, you will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements. You will be a:

  • UK national
  • national of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • national of the Republic of Ireland
  • national from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish national working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish national who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Eligibility requirements are explained in the Civil Service nationality rules.  

You must also comply with UK immigration legislation. It is possible to meet our nationality requirements but still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. If this applies to you, we cannot offer you employment 

For advice on nationality requirements or whether a qualification you hold might make you ineligible please e-mail us.

Completing your application

Before you complete your application please make sure you have :

  • details of 2 referees (name, contact telephone number and e-mail address), one of which could  be your current or most recent employer, or your tutor at school/college/university if you haven’t been employed before.
  • examples of how you can demonstrate your skills and experience. Don’t just tell us about your skills – explain to us how you’ve used them, and give us examples of when you’ve developed your experience.
  • the certificates for the highest qualifications you hold at the time of applying - although we (the Welsh Government) do not require you have any qualifications to apply for this scheme the training provider will wish to see evidence of any qualifications you may have.

What happens after I apply?

Once you have submitted your application you will be asked to complete an eligibility form from ALS, our apprentice training provider. You will then get an e-mail at each stage of the recruitment process from sifting through to interview and being offered a role. 

Our approach to equality

Welsh Government wants to be the best employer in Wales. Our Workforce Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-26 sets out our committment to increase diversity in our workforce, in particular by addressing the under-representation of disabled people and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities at all levels of the organisation, and the underrepresentation of women in senior roles. We want to encourage people from a range of communities to apply to be an apprentice.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), whether you have an impairment or health condition, are neurodivergent or use BSL, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We work hard to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all staff, in which to grow, and perform, to the best of their ability.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, and disabled people who are under-represented in the Civil Service in Wales.

We have adopted the social model of disability, which recognises that barriers in society, attitudinal, institutional and communication barriers act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers, through recruitment adjustments and work place adjustments, so that all staff, potential or new, can perform at their best. If you need to discuss adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we could put work place adjustments in place if you are successful, please email apprenticeshipscheme@gov.wales  and a member of the team will contact you.

We guarantee to interview any disabled person who meets the minimum criteria for the scheme. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence, at each stage of the assessment process before interview, which demonstrates you generally meet the job description requirements. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

This new Apprenticeship campaign aims to encourage people to apply from all different backgrounds ensuring that Welsh Government builds on being representative of the communities we serve. There are numerous policies and practices in place which support colleagues, and line managers, to ensure diversity and inclusion is key in what we do, and how we support staff. For this Apprenticeship Scheme we’ll be using name free recruitment as well as ensuring our interview panels are made up with a diverse range of colleagues. 

There are a number of staff diversity networks which have healthy membership and allies’ schemes; these are forums where you can get advice and guidance, as well as enjoy network events and social activities.

These networks are:

  • Disability Awareness and Support
  • Minority Ethnic Staff Network
  • PRISM (LGBT+)
  • Women Together

In recent years we have been awarded Level 3 Leader Status for being a Disability Confident employer,  In the 2019-20 Stonewall Workplace Index we were awarded 8th place in the UK.  The Index supports Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT+) employees. We have signed up to the Race at Work Charter and are included on the list of organisations that have been recognised as an inclusive employer for race. We have also been awarded Gold status by a:gender, the inclusive support network for staff in Government Departments and Agencies, covering all aspects of gender reassignment, gender identity, gender expression and Intersex.

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice; an organisation in which people want to work and are proud to work. For this reason, we have put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values. 

Diversity - We measure it because it matters

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We wish to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and appointed solely on their suitability for the post, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.

We are sensitive to the fact that some people would rather not complete diversity forms - maybe because they fear the information will be misused. However we assure you that all information provided is kept strictly confidential, used PURELY for statistical purposes and will not be used to influence recruitment decisions.

A copy of our diversity policy is available upon request.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

 

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