Skills Academy Wales was established as the first Work-Based Learning Partnership of its kind in Wales in October 2009. In response to the challenges set out in the Transformation Agenda for Post-16 Education in Wales, the Partnership brought together a diverse range of outstanding and like-minded WBL providers who continue to lead on these challenges by widening the options available for all learners and reducing costly duplication of provision.
Since 1st August 2010, the Partnership has been operating as a single contract with the Welsh Government, led by NPTC Group of Colleges, for the delivery of work-based learning programmes.
The College currently holds one of the largest commissions with the Welsh Government to provide the widest range of Apprenticeships in over 58 vocational areas, ranging from Levels 2 to 5.
SAW currently delivers across a very diverse geographical area covering Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Flintshire, Wrexham, Powys, Monmouthshire, Newport, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.