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More people taking up apprenticeships in Wales

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More people in Wales are taking up apprenticeships according to a new report.

The figures, released by Estyn, show an increase in the work-based learning scheme where students gain a formal qualification whilst learning on-the-job.

But the report also found completion rates for apprenticeships vary across Wales. Estyn inspectors found the time taken by learners to finish their qualification differs between providers.

The report calls on providers to address the imbalance in completion dates.

Higher level apprenticeships are an ideal way to recognise people's skills in the workplace and for them to gain a formal qualification while still earning. The challenge now is to bring completion rates up to the level of other apprenticeships and to increase take-up in priority skill areas such as information technology and engineering.

– Meilyr Rowlands, Estyn Chief Inspector