What's involved in an apprenticeship in Wales?

How you'll spend your time on an apprenticeship, and how you'll be assessed.

What is an apprenticeship?

What is an apprenticeship?

Find out more about apprenticeships in Wales, and where to apply for vacancies

Amrita, network engineer apprentice

I chose an apprenticeship because I always liked the idea of studying and gaining practical hands on experience in the workplace, which university doesn't offer. Apprenticeships, for me, seemed like the best way to kick start my career and jump straight into the corporate industry where I've also been able to grow my network.
  • You’ll spend at least 50% of your time at work over the course of the apprenticeship. This is usually 30 hours each week, where you focus on learning to do the job. You could be learning from colleagues across all levels of the business, typically working closely with someone more senior who will coach you and review your progress. Your employer will also give you time off to study during your working hours.
  • You’ll also spend time attending college, university, a training provider, or training at work. The learning and part-time study element of an apprenticeship fits around the job commitment and will be agreed with the employer. You might attend one day per week (‘day release’), in blocks of a week or more (‘block release’), or study online. Some schemes use a combination of options.
  • Apprentices complete assessments during and at the end of the programme, which tests both academic learning and occupational competence developed through on-the-job training.  Find details of what you will learn in the standard or framework for each apprenticeship, and how your learning and skills will be assessed in the assessment plan for your particular apprenticeship.