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Standard Apprenticeship Wales

A Standard Apprenticeship in Wales is aimed at those living in Wales who have completed a Foundation apprenticeship, have three or more GCSEs, or have some previous industry experience. Standard Apprenticeships are an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification. You will be earning while you learn, developing specific job skills with an employer at the same time as studying.

What is a Wales Standard Apprenticeship?

A Standard Apprenticeship in Wales is similar to an advanced level apprenticeship in England, and leads to a Level 3 qualification.

Standard Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of job roles, and the qualification you achieve is equivalent to two A-Level passes or NVQ Level 3. 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 Standard Apprenticeship?

Three GCSE passes are the usual entry requirements for entry onto Standard Apprenticeships in Wales, but some employers do not need any formal qualifications.

How old do I have to be?

You can apply for a Standard Apprenticeship in Wales if you are over the age of 16, are living in Wales and not in full-time education.

How many Wales Standard Apprenticeships are available?

There are a wide range of Standard Apprenticeships available in Wales, with opportunities in sectors such as Building and Construction, Accounting and finance, Healthcare, Engineering, Law, Marketing and sales, Natural Sciences and Teaching. The current vacancies available can be searched on the gov.wales website.

How will a Welsh Standard Apprenticeship develop my career?

A Standard Apprenticeship in Wales could be the gateway to any number of opportunities – the practical skills you will gain could lead to a permanent position in your chosen field, or the chance to develop your skills, experience and knowledge further in a Higher apprenticeship or a degree.

Read how a Level 3 rugby development apprenticeship with the Welsh Rugby Union helped Amy to further her interest in a career in sports management.


How do I apply for a Standard Apprenticeship in Wales?

If you are interested in following a Standard 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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