Coleg Sir Gar, together with Coleg Ceredigion and University of Wales Trinity St David, form the region’s largest provider for apprenticeships offering a diverse range of training programmes supporting small private companies, large multi-national organisations and the public sector.
What is an Apprenticeship?
The Apprenticeship Traineeship programme, led by the Welsh Government, is a funding programme supported by the European Social Fund. These work based training programmes involve learners, of any age, developing and upskilling whilst training on the job.
Apprenticeships are designed by employers to reflect the current market and industry needs. They offer a structured programme which provides your Apprentice with the skills needed to do the job well. Employees will work towards their Apprenticeship qualification by studying technical skills and carrying out practical assessments.
Who can apply?
Anyone employed and over the age of 16, who is not in full-time education. Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
It is important to remember that Apprentices can be both new or existing employees and there is no need to change the job description or terms of conditions when applying for Apprenticeship funding for existing employees.
- Earn a salary
- Get paid holidays
- Receive training
- Gain qualifications
- Learn job-specific skills
- Eligible for both new and existing employees
How long is an Apprenticeship programme?
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level, the Apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. You can also remain an apprentice when progressing from one qualification to another.
There are different levels of Apprenticeships:
- Foundation Apprenticeships (which enable you to gain an NVQ Level 2)
- Apprenticeships (which enable you to gain an NVQ Level 3)
- Higher Apprenticeships (which enable you to gain a Level 4 or Level 5 qualification)
Are there entry requirements?
Entry requirements are flexible because Apprenticeships aren’t just based on academic achievement. Practical skills and the level of interest you demonstrate are all taken into account. You must be in employment to undertake an Apprenticeship, however if you are not currently employed we can help you find a suitable position though the Apprenticeship Matching Service.
Why should I employ an Apprentice?
An apprentice can inject new ideas, energy and talent into your business and it has been proven that apprentices contribute to the competitiveness of organisations. Apprentices are keen to learn, are highly motivated and by creating apprentice roles, you will be opening the door to innovation and adding value to your business.
Whilst an employee of any age can apply for enrolment onto an Apprenticeship programme, those under the age of 25 may not need to pay Employers NI Contributions (Click here for more information )
Apprenticeships help to ensure that your workforce have the practical skills as well as the qualifications to meet the needs of your business both today and in the future.
- National standards and qualifications coupled with hands-on training and development ensure Apprentices are well trained and productive.
- Being part of an apprenticeship scheme can bring benefits such as increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force.
- 77% of businesses who have trained apprentices believe it made their company more competitive.
Who can employ an Apprentice?
Any employer can employ an apprentice. You need to be in a position to pay the apprentice minimum wage and to employ the apprentice for at least 16 hours per week.
There are currently Welsh Government incentives that you may be able to access if eligible to help with these employment costs.
What Is A Traineeship?
A Traineeship programme will give you the support, skills and qualifications you need to progress into employment, an Apprenticeship or to go into learning at a higher level
- You must be between 16-18 years old and have left school
- You will receive a training allowance for the Engagement and Level 1 programme (Engagement £30 per week and Level 1 £50 per week)
- You must attend Engagement for 21 hours per week to receive £30 per week
- You must attend Level 1 for 37.5 hours per week to receive £50 per week
- You can also receive assistance with travel expenses
- Your training will start with an induction at the college where you will meet with your training advisor and agree your individual learning plan and decide upon your work placement
- The aim of the programme is to help you develop your skills to allow you to progress into employment, Level 1, apprenticeships or a full time college course
If you are interested in the Traineeship programme you will need to make an appointment at your local Careers Wales office, where you will receive a guidance interview and hopefully a referral onto the programme.
How can I find out more?