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What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is an employment based learning programme. Apprenticeships can support your business in growing fresh new talent and developing the skills needs of your existing workforce.

Depending on the business, an Apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete.

In general apprentices work for at least 30 hours a week, however, the number of hours an apprentice works each week depends on your business requirements and employee terms and conditions. An apprentice must receive the appropriate minimum wage. For more information on the national minimum wage, visit the website at

Apprenticeship Framework

Apprenticeships are available at Level 2, Level 3 and higher (degree level). The apprenticeship framework consists of:

  • Competency Qualification;
  • Knowledge Qualification;
  • Essential Skills Qualifications;
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities.

Why choose Apprenticeships for your business?*

  • Apprenticeships help businesses to grow;
  • 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business;
  • 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice;
  • Other benefits reported around two-thirds of employers include improved products or services, new ideas being introduced to the organisation, better morale among staff and more staff staying with the organisation.

What the Welsh Government says:


"Come and join the 81% of business that say employing apprentices makes their workplace more productive. By becoming involved in Apprenticeships in Wales, you are creating a more responsive, motivated workforce with the key skills and experience you need.

Apprentices can do great things for their employers. But they need the chance to work and train. The Welsh Government pays the external training costs, leaving you to pay only for the wage of the apprentice."

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To see how Apprenticeships have benefitted other businesses, see our employer case studies below.

How are Apprenticeships delivered?

Skills Academy Wales is a Commissioned Contract Holder with the Welsh Government to deliver work-based learning programmes. We will claim funding to deliver the learning and support your apprentice's needs.

Skills Academy Wales is able to do a number of things to support you, including:

  • Develop a detailed apprentice programme that meets your needs;
  • Discuss timescales for the training and develop training plans to fit your and the apprentice's needs;
  • Help you prepare and advertise your vacancy;
  • Manage the recruitment process and shortlist suitable candidates to interview;
  • Manage the paperwork once a potential apprentices has been found;
  • Provide high-quality training to the apprentice;
  • Provide on-going assessment, support and advice throughout the training period to you and your apprentice.

Who should I talk to?

Contact Skills Academy Wales now and we will put you in touch with one of our partners who is best placed to respond to your individual business requirements.

Contact details


Skills Academy Wales
NPTC Group
Dwr-Y Felin Road
SA10 7RF


01639 648325


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