An apprenticeship is basically a job with training. It will allow a young person to be in a job that includes gaining a recognized qualification and essential skills whilst working and earning a wage.

There are three types of apprenticeship.

  • Foundation Apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeship
  • Higher Apprenticeship

There are three different levels because different jobs require different levels of qualifications.

Anyone over the age of 16, living in Wales and not in full time education can apply for an apprenticeship.  (The procedures for apprenticeships in England are different and can be found here. An apprenticeship will normally last between 2 and 3 years and will depend on the type of apprenticeship and the level of qualification being taken.

There are over 150 different apprenticeship routes available and all apprenticeships follow a programme of study that has been approved to ensure that all apprentices gain a nationally recognized qualification.  In the past, apprenticeships were only in trades like construction and engineering, but now they are available in any type of job.

The amount and location of training will depend on the type of job.  The training could be:

  • On the job.
  • At college, full time or part time.
  • At a training centre.

The amount of payment will vary depending on the employer, but there is a national minimum wage for apprentices.  Information on the national minimum wage for apprentices can be found here.


How to apply

In Wales there are two ways to apply for an apprenticeship. You can apply through the employers own recruitment system or through the Apprenticeship Matching Service on the Careers Wales site.


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