How to get an apprenticeship
An apprenticeship can be a great way to combine on-the-job learning with study.
They typically take between one and four years to complete and allow you to work alongside experienced colleagues in a real work environment, earn a wage and study towards a recognised qualification.
The Careers Wales site also contains info for businesses thinking about employing an apprentice.
Apprenticeship Case Study
Name: Daniel Davies
Home: Wrexham, North Wales
Employer: Jones Bros
Occupation: Trainee Civil Engineer
Lendlease is building the new North Wales Prison on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, and is committed to creating 100 new apprenticeships during the construction phase.
Daniel wanted to be an engineer from a very young age, inspired by his father who is a project manager for Jones Bros...and also working on the project.
He is currently studying for a two-year HNC with Coleg Cambria and attends college one day-a-week, with the rest of the week spent on the site at Wrexham Industrial Estate.
He has a mentor who helps him learn to use a range of equipment and provides on-site support, and being involved in the project is giving him an opportunity to work alongside experienced construction workers.
Daniel plans to complete his apprenticeship and become an experienced civil engineer.
Rita Patel Miller, Lendlease community engagement and training manager, says: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to learn a trade, and gain soft skills that are equally as important...such as team work, communications and meeting deadlines in a real work environment.
"It also enables employers to train up young people to the standard they require in a structured way, and recognise that they can play a vital role in helping young people take that first step into the world of work."
"An apprenticeship is the best way to learn skills and gain experience. And being paid is an incentive to work harder and progress within the industry.
"I've enjoyed getting to know the team and working alongside them, doing something I've always wanted to do."
Daniel Davies - apprentice civil engineer from North Wales