Training and Apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Work Ready?

These are Work based learning programmes and are suitable for learners who wish to develop their knowledge and skills, both for and in the workplace, helping them to succeed and fulfil their potential. Work based learning supports you to develop yourself and gain qualifications to enter employment, or if you are ready for employment, supports you to develop your skills, qualifications and career or progress onto college or higher education.

It is provided by quality assured training providers who hold approved contracts with Welsh Assembly Government. Where ever possible, learning will take place in the workplace itself, although for some programmes and occupational routes, there may also be an element of ‘off the job’ training in a training centre.

Who are they for?


Apprenticeships are learning programmes that enable you to learn while you earn. You have to be employed to access an apprenticeship, although work based learning providers will work with employers to find and advertise apprenticeship vacancies. You can find details of these at your local careers office and job centre, or if no vacancies are advertised in the occupational areas you are interested in, ask Careers Wales to put you in contact with a work based learning provider, who may be able to approach employers and find you an apprenticeship or contact a work based learning provider directly. Click here for Careers Wales ‘Courses in Wales’.

Other useful links:
Careers Wales – Apprenticeship Matching Service
Welsh Government – Apprenticeships in Wales


The Traineeship programme is aimed at young people aged 16-17 years who are not in employment (eligible young people aged 18 may also participate). It has been designed to align with 14-19 Learning Pathways which aims to ensure that young people of all abilities have access to a range of learning options best suited to their needs. To begin a Traineeship programme, contact your local Careers office who can refer onto the programme and a training provider for your area.
Welsh Government – Traineeships

Work Ready

Work Ready will give you new skills and qualifications, renewed confidence and extra support.

If you are 18 or over and are unemployed and receiving benifits from the Department for Work and Pensions, then Work Ready is a great opportunity to get you into work or onto further learning.

Your benefits will not be affected, and if you are eligible, you could receive money to help pay for travel and childcare support.

By assessing your needs, Work Ready can be tailored to suit you. There are two levels available – Learning for Work and Routeways. To find out more visit your local Jobcentre Plus office.
Welsh Government – Work Ready

In addition to the above Welsh Government funded programmes, work based learning providers also offer a range of short and longer training courses for employers and individuals. These are mainly privately funded by the employer or individual and providers will also work closely with employers to develop tailor made training courses and programmes if needed.