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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?

We will be announcing our new apprentice scheme in 2022.

Register your interest and get updates when our apprenticeship scheme goes live.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you:

  • will be at least 16 years of age at the time of making your application
  • 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?

For the first 12 months you will earn £ £21,300 after that an increment will take your earnings up to £ 22,960.You will also 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.  We also offer flexible working arrangements to help you get the right work/life balance.

What qualifications can I get?

There will be a number of apprenticeship routes on offer (for example, a Business and Administration Apprenticeship or a Digital Data and Technology Apprenticeship) and each apprenticeship route will enable successful candidates to achieve a level three NVQ qualification at the end of the Apprenticeship period.

Exact details of which apprenticeship routes will be on offer are due to be announced in early 2022.

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 smart 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 wellbeing classes, gym access, running classes, 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. 

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

  • Our overall objectives – as set out in our current Strategic Equality Plan - are that by 2024 Welsh Government will be an exemplar employer, increasing diversity by: addressing in particular the under-representation of disabled people and people from minority ethnic communities at all levels of the organisation and the underrepresentation of women in senior roles ; removing barriers; and supporting apprenticeships from diverse communities; and enabling staff from all backgrounds to reach their potential, creating equality of opportunity for all.
  • The Welsh Government welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage (including equal/same sex marriage) and civil partnership, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, disability, race, religion or belief or pregnancy/maternity.  
  • We work hard to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all staff to grow and perform to the best of their ability. We particularly welcome applications from  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are under-represented in the Civil Service in Wales, and we are committed to supporting all staff to thrive in an inclusive working environment. We are committed to organisational use of the social model of disability and to making both recruitment adjustments and workplace adjustments to ensure equality for disabled staff. We have adopted the Disability Confident Interview Scheme – full guidance of which is shown in more detail below.

This new Apprenticeship campaign aims to encourage more 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 adopting anonymised sift 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, we are currently 8th in the UK for Stonewall Workplace Index which supports Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) employee’s, 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 you are or where you 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.

Disability Confident

Welsh Government supports the social model of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview any disabled person whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must pass the online tests and provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will make reasonable adjustments if you were to be successful, please email apprenticeshipscheme@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

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

 

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