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Higher apprenticeship Wales

A Higher Apprenticeship in Wales aimed at those living in Wales who have completed a Standard apprenticeship, have five or more GCSEs, or a Level 3 qualification. Standard Apprenticeships are an opportunity to take your vocational experience to a higher level and gain professional skills demanded by specific roles. You will be earning while gaining on the job training with an employer.

What is a Wales Higher Apprenticeship?

A Higher Apprenticeship in Wales is the same as a higher level apprenticeship in England, and leads to a Level 4 qualification.

Higher Apprenticeships are qualifications developed by Sector Skills Councils with employers, and are available in a wide range of job roles. The qualification you achieve is equivalent to an HNC, foundation degree or NVQ Level 3. Higher Apprenticeships are most commonly found in industries that require a higher level of academic attainment and technical skills.

Some apprenticeships will be available in Welsh – the training provider will be able to provide details if you require Welsh or bilingual training, or need to have Welsh speaking or writing skills.

What do I need to apply for a Wales Higher Apprenticeship?

The usual entry requirements for entry onto Higher Apprenticeships in Wales are five GCSE passes at grades 9-4 and Level 3 qualifications such as A-Levels, NVQs or a BTEC National. Some employers may need your passes to be in specific relevant subjects.  

How old do I have to be?

As the entry requirements for Higher Apprenticeships in Wales are at Level 3, most applicants will be over the age of 18. You must live in Wales, have the right to live and work in the UK and not be in full-time education.

How many Wales Higher Apprenticeships are available?

There are an extensive range of Higher Apprenticeship opportunities available in Wales, in sectors such as Health and Social Care, Engineering, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service. Young people wanting to progress in Industries with technical competencies such as Digital and IT, Natural Sciences, Accounting and Software development are likely to be interested in pursuing a Higher Apprenticeship. The current vacancies available can be searched on the gov.wales website.

How will a Welsh Higher Apprenticeship develop my career?

Higher Apprenticeships can take three to five years to complete, and at the end you should have gained a major professional qualification that will allow you to make significant progress in your career. For example, a Finance Higher Apprenticeship often can lead to a qualification as a chartered accountant. You can also proceed to a Degree Apprenticeship.  

How do I apply for a Higher Apprenticeship in Wales?

If you are interested in following a Higher Apprenticeship in Wales, visit the Welsh government’s apprenticeships website for more details, entry requirements, case studies and to search for vacancies.

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