What are Apprenticeships?

In short, Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of your business, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications for your employees.

Wales has a highly successful Apprenticeship Programme, focused on providing great training and the right skills pathways and levels of support to help achieve economic durability.

The benefits to your business

We all know that Apprenticeships make sense, but did you know that the advantages they bring to your business are enormous?

Improve your bottom line

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, helping you improve productivity and be more competitive. Training Apprentices can also be more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs. 

Fill your skills gaps

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs, providing the skilled workers you need now and for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector. 

Inspire and grow your workforce

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an Apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and commit to a specific career. 

The mixture of on and off-the-job learning ensures that an Apprentice learns the skills that work best for your business. Benefits that Apprentices can bring to your business include increased productivity and improved skills, knowledge and qualifications. 

The best bit though is that funding is available. Whilst you the employer pay your Apprentice a wage, funding is available to cover the whole cost of the Apprentice’s training. 

  • Apprenticeships are for everyone! From school leavers and university graduates to individuals who want to further their careers or change career direction completely
  • You can hire someone new as an Apprentice, or simply access Apprenticeship funding and qualifications to upskill existing employees
  • Apprentices are employees within a company and are paid at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage
  • Apprenticeships are available at four different levels:
    Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)
    Apprenticeship (Level 3)
    Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and Level 5)

    Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)
  • On average, an Apprenticeship takes 12 to 18 months to complete 
  • As an employer, you can access Welsh Government funding to help pay for Apprenticeship training.
  • Apprenticeships form an important part of the Welsh Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee for 16-24 year olds.

How can we help?

  • Help you choose the right Apprenticeship route and level for your business 
  • Help you recruit an Apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships 
  • Agree a training plan with your Apprentice 
  • Manage the training and evaluation, ensuring that national quality standards are met
  • Design and deliver bespoke and integrated training 


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Interested in finding out more? Get in touch!

If you’re ready to search for your next Apprentice, have a member of staff looking to upskill, or simply want to find out more about our Apprenticeship programme, get in touch with our team today.