Recruit an Apprentice

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Recruiting an apprentice can help you expand your workforce and its skills base. Support is available towards the cost of training and assessments.

You will work with an approved training provider who will manage the apprentice’s training and assessment programme.

Funding and eligibility

Businesses of all sizes and across all sectors are eligible.

Most of the training will be carried out by the employer who works with an approved training provider. The employer is responsible for paying the apprentice’s salary and for any additional training. Training costs are supported by the apprenticeships programme.

It is important to work with a training provider at a very early stage in the process. They can provide help, support and guidance.

Apprenticeships levels and frameworks

There are 4 different levels of apprenticeships available:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship – Level 2: NVQ Level 2 and equivalent to 5 good GCSE passes
  • Apprenticeship – Level 3: NVQ Level 3 equivalent to 2 A-level passes
  • Higher Apprenticeship – Level 4/5: HNC/ HND/ Foundation Degree level
  • Degree Apprenticeship – Level 6: Full bachelor’s degree. Routes are currently offered in ICT/ Digital and Engineering / Advanced Manufacturing. Degree Apprenticeships currently available are listed here
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An apprentice will follow an approved Welsh Apprenticeship Framework.

Apprenticeship levy

The Apprenticeship Levy (on GOV.UK) is a UK-wide employment tax. It is collected monthly by HM Revenue and Customs through the PAYE system.

The Levy applies to all UK employers with an annual pay bill of £3 million or more. It is charged at 0.5% of your annual pay bill.

To find out how your business can benefit from taking on an apprentice or upskilling your current workforce

Register your interest here

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Become an apprentice

If you are a learner thinking of doing an apprenticeship or a parent/carer wanting more information please go to