Apprenticeships (WBL)

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are simply a way to earn while you learn!

Get qualified through working and training while earning a salary. As an Apprentice, you will need to be employed in the area you want to work in and at the same time will develop your job-specific skills through a combination of on the job learning and college-based training.

As part of your time at work, you will develop your professional skills each week, learning from experienced colleagues and through hands-on experience in the workplace. Whilst at College, your tutors – who are experts in their field – will provide you with all the necessary training for your sector and you will work towards a nationally recognised qualification. Your employer lets you attend college typically for one to three days per week to gain your required qualifications for that job.

It’s the perfect combination!

Who is an Apprenticeship for?

Apprenticeships are available to new or existing employees across a range of Levels.

For example, some companies hire entry level staff onto Level 2 Apprenticeships, whereas you may already be employed within an organisation and want to upskill yourself to a higher or degree level study through an Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Anyone who is over 16, living in Wales and not in full-time education can apply for an Apprenticeship. You will need to gain employment in the sector you wish to work in before applying to College for your training.

You will also need to undertake an initial assessment in numeracy, literacy and digital literacy. If you’re already employed, then we can work with you and your employer to arrange an apprenticeship programme suitable for you.

Dependent on your selected sector, additional entry requirements may be required.

Why choose Coleg y Cymoedd?

Recognised by Welsh Government for our responsiveness to local labour market needs. Examples include Rail Track Development and Shared Apprenticeship Provision

Recognised by our employers as being highly responsive to their needs with our tailored delivery

Significant qualification portfolio to cater for all training needs on a funded and commercial basis

Experienced and industry competent staff

Recognised by Welsh Government for our quality delivery and outcomes

Excellent success rates at all levels of programmes

How to get started

Find an Employer

Careers Wales publishes Apprenticeship vacancies online via the Apprenticeship Matching Service where you can search vacancies across Wales.
If you’re already employed, we can offer advice and guidance to both, you and your employer, about the process of arranging an apprenticeship programme for you.

Get in touch with us

Please contact our Work Based Learning team to discuss available courses and to begin your application.
Find the relevant contact details here.

The agreement

You, your employer and the College will agree an apprenticeship programme of learning.


Our Apprenticeship team will complete the process with yourself by enrolling you onto your apprenticeship training programme.

View our available Apprenticeship programmes below

Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Skills Strategy | Literacy, numeracy and digital skills are an essential aspect of your overall development within learning. We want to ensure we never miss an opportunity to help you improve these skills as part of your learning experience so will embed support within our overall course delivery

Additional Learning Support Strategy | We recognise that each of our learners will have a unique set of strengths and challenges and carry out an initial induction with each learner to help us tailor a learning experience individual to your preferences and needs.

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol | The Coleg Cymraeg creates training and study opportunities in Welsh and inspires learners, students and apprentices to use the Welsh skills they have. We are grateful to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for the investment and support.

Bilingual Delivery Strategy | As a partnership, we pledge to promote and offer Welsh-medium and bilingual learner opportunities to all learners and raise awareness of Welsh language and culture with both learners and employers. We pledge to create a supportive environment and help facilitate staff and learners’ upskilling to feel confident using, and developing, their Welsh language skills. To schedule a meeting with a Bilingual Representative and discuss our Welsh/bilingual provision please speak with your assessor or a member of the Work Based Learning department.

Skills Academy Wales (SAW) | Coleg y Cymoedd is proud to be part of the SAW training consortium. SAW are responsible for monitoring how you are doing whilst on your Apprenticeship programme and will request feedback at several stages of your apprenticeship to support shape continuous improvements


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