£40m for apprentices in Wales

The Welsh Government has set out how it plans to spend £40m on apprenticeships over the next two years, including creating 5,650 new places, and offering enhanced subsidies and payments to employers to take on apprentices.

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What do I do if I'm interested in an apprenticeship?

Plans to spend £40m on apprenticeships in Wales over the next two years have been set out today.

Watch our report: £40m apprenticeships spending plans unveiled

The Welsh Government says apprenticeships are a great way to get real qualifications and improve skills, while earning a wage.

They are open to everyone, "whether you're a young learner, or want to change your career pathway."

The first priority for anyone interested in doing an apprenticeship might be making the most of Apprenticeship Week, which is going on at the moment.

This year's Apprenticeship week aims to showcase the benefits placements offer to employers and apprentices. Credit: Welsh Government

There are open, taster and advice sessions, as well as a number of events targeted at encouraging employers to realise the benefits of apprentices, through until Friday.

See the full schedule of Apprenticeship Week events

All year round, Careers Wales has advice on apprenticeships and allows you to apply for them.

Visit the Careers Wales website

Call: 0800 100 900

Minister: Scheme supports hardest-hit group

Apprenticeships play an integral role in our economy. They increase the skill set of the workforce and make Wales a more attractive place with which to do business.

The skills developed by an apprentice are skills for life. This makes an apprenticeship programme as valued as a place at a top university, and I want people to be aware of this.

The programme continues to support young people, the group that has been worst hit by the recession. Apprenticeship programmes keep them engaged in education, employment and training and make sure we are maximising their opportunities for employment.

– Jeff Cuthbert, Deputy Minister for Skills

In November, the Welsh Government agreed an additional £20m for apprenticeships for 2013-14 and £20m for 2014-15.

5,650 new apprenticeship places to be created

The Welsh Government has set out how it plans to spend £40m on apprenticeships over the next two years.

Its plans include:

  • Creating 5,650 new apprenticeship places
  • An enhanced wage subsidy of £3,900 over 52 weeks for employers taking on young apprentices aged 16-24 through the Young Recruits Programme
  • A one-off payment of £500 for small and micro businesses to cover the time and costs they said were a barrier to recruiting apprentices
  • £3.4m to support people who wish to do apprenticeships in the Welsh language

It follows a report last October which found that not enough businesses here are exploiting the full potential of apprentices.

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