There are apprenticeships for over 1,500 job roles — allowing you to enter careers in anything from engineering to boat building. Here you will find everything you need to know about exploring your options, and how to search and apply for an apprenticeship.
To start an apprenticeship in Wales, you need to be:
- aged 16 or over
- living in Wales
- not in full-time education
- Foundation apprenticeships (Level 2)
- Apprenticeships (Level 3)
- Higher apprenticeships (Level 4 and 5)
- Degree apprenticeships (Levels 6 — 7)
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The level of apprenticeship you start at will depend on the qualifications you have, the job you are applying for, and apprenticeship standard the employer wants to use. If you start with an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship, you can progress your career and work your way up through the higher level apprenticeships to achieve a master’s degree in some career areas.
Each apprenticeship vacancy will specify the entry requirements, and qualities the employer is looking for. For higher and degree apprenticeships, employers are generally asking for A levels and other Level 3 qualifications. You also need to check the job description for any essential and desirable skills they’re looking for, and specific qualifications required.
|Foundation (Level 2) – generally considered to be equivalent to five GCSE passes.||You need to be over 16 years old and show you can complete the programme.|
|Apprentice (Level 3) – generally considered to be equivalent to two A level passes.||You made need three or more GCSEs, but some employers don't require any formal qualifications. Previous industry experience may be helpful.|
Higher (Level 4 to 5)
Level 4 – equivalent to an HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree.
Level 5 – equivalent to a full degree.
Entry requirements can include at least five GCSEs grades A – C (9 – 4 on the new grading system), and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National. You may need subjects relating to the apprenticeship.
Degree (Levels 6) – these are new and enable apprentices to achieve a foundation degree or more as part of their apprenticeship.
Level 6 – equivalent to a full degree.
Entry requirements can include at least five GCSEs grades A – C (9 – 4 on the new grading system), and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National. Some employers have specific entry requirements. For example, recent IT degree apprenticeship adverts have required an A level (or equivalent) grade range of ABB to CCC.
Many employers will expect or require applicants to have qualifications in subjects related to the apprenticeship.
Have a look at existing apprenticeship vacancies to see whether there are any specific subjects and/or grades you need.
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