Apprenticeships | Skills Gateway
Welsh Government


By offering Apprenticeships, businesses are not only helping their own business to grow but are making an invaluable contribution to boosting our economy and ensuring our future workforce is equipped with the right skills to ensure Wales remains competitive.

The Welsh Goverment aims to create at least 100,000 all age apprenticeships over the next 5 years to ensure peoples' skills align with what the economy needs.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships provide the skilled workers that employers need for the future. Apprentices work alongside experienced employees to gain on the job skills, while getting outside training from an approved college or training provider. You cover their wages and Welsh Government offers support with some of the training costs.

Apprentices will earn while they learn and work towards nationally recognised qualifications at 1 of 3 levels - Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2), Apprenticeship (Level 3) or Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4.

Higher Apprenticeships at Level 4 and beyond means that we can develop stronger and deeper skills among our existing workforce. It also provides employers with the skilled staff they need to boost productivity, innovation and overall business performance.

Why should I recruit an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are designed around the needs of the employer and can help transform your business by offering a route to harness fresh new talent.

By recruiting an apprentice you can:

  • reduce costs
  • create a pool of talent and a skilled workforce
  • expand your business
  • nurture talent to improve your services
  • fill the skills gaps in your business
  • give your business a creative boost
  • construct stronger business foundations
  • inspire the future generation

Find out how businesses across Wales are benefiting from apprenticeships

How do I get involved?

The Apprenticeship Matching Service lets you advertise vacancies for free and helps to match you up with the best person for the job. You can use this free online service to advertise vacancies, short list candidates and send interview invites. Find an Apprenticeship framework to suit your business. Contact an approved training provider in Wales. For any additional Apprenticeship training requirements email


Businesses based in Wales, of all sizes and in any sector are eligible.

Most of the training will be carried out by you the employer and you will work with an approved training provider, who will manage the apprentice's training and assessment programme.

To find out more about how your business can benefit, call the Business Wales Helpline on
03000 6 03000,or contact us.

Anyone in Wales over the age of 16 can apply for an apprenticeship and benefit from the opportunities offered. For more information about becoming an apprentice, visit and follow the apprenticeships link.

The Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is a UK Government employment tax that is due to come into force in April 2017. It will be applied across the whole of the UK. The Welsh Government is working with the UK Government to understand the impact of the introduction of the Levy in Wales.

For more information click here.


The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.


Programme Checklist
Delivery AreaAll Wales
Status Live
Supported by the European Social Fund?Yes
Programme Lead

Welsh Government