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What qualifications do you need for an apprenticeship in Wales
With apprenticeships on the rise in Wales and so many types available, you may be wondering exactly what qualifications you need to pursue your apprenticeship of choice…
Doing your research before applying for an apprenticeship is vital to ensure you have the qualifications necessary to start your career. Often you can work your way up through the various levels to higher and degree level apprenticeships but it’s important to know what you need to begin with.
Here we will break down many commonly asked questions and take a look at what is required for the different variations of apprenticeships.
What are the types of apprenticeship in Wales?
Apprenticeships are a great alternative to full-time higher education for those who would prefer to start employment.
One of the big benefits is that it allows you to earn a wage whilst also gaining a valuable qualification at the end. Additionally, you’ll get the chance to work alongside experienced staff, gain practical skills and still have time to study as well.
There are various types of apprenticeships available, all starting at different levels. The length of time it takes to complete an apprenticeship will depend on the level of the apprenticeship.
The different types of apprenticeship include:
• Level 2 – Foundation Apprenticeship – equivalent to 5 good GCSE passes.
• Level 3 – Apprenticeship – equivalent to 2 A-Level passes.
• Level 4 or above – Higher Apprenticeship – equivalent to a Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or foundation degree level and above.
• Level 6 – Degree Apprenticeship – equivalent to a full bachelor’s degree.
You can enter the apprenticeship programme at the level best suited to your stage of learning, the job you are applying for, and the apprenticeship standard the employer wants to use.
What is required for each type of apprenticeship in Wales?
If you are over the age of 16, living in Wales and not in full-time education you can apply for an apprenticeship.
Each apprenticeship will specify the entry requirements needed and the desired individual qualities the employer is searching for.
Employers won’t expect you to already have a lot of experience, however they will want to see that you have an interest in your chosen field of work and that you are committed to doing well.
Showing you have general work skills to help you succeed, including being organised, a team player, self-motivated and good communication skills will always go a long way!
Level 2 – Foundation apprenticeships
There are no academic entry requirements necessary to study a Foundation apprenticeship in Wales.
However, some vacancies may ask for relevant work experience and favour those who have studied subjects which provide useful understanding prior to starting the apprenticeship.
This could include GCSE’s, Level 2 Certificates, Diplomas, or NVQs.
Level 3 – Apprenticeships
The entry requirements for a Level 3 apprenticeship can vary depending on the subject.
Some employers may not ask for any formal qualifications and may just want to see some history of relevant work experience.
Although, generally speaking, you are expected to have completed a related Level 2 apprenticeship, Diploma or BTEC, or to have between three to five GCSEs (pass level or higher).
Level 4-7 – Higher Apprenticeships
Most employers will ask for a formal qualification at this level of apprenticeship.
For example, a relevant Level 3 qualification, such as two or more AS/A Levels, or related Diplomas or NVQs, as well as a minimum of 5 GCSEs (pass level or higher).
Level 6-7 – Degree Apprenticeships
Degree apprenticeship requirements vary depending on the degree and apprenticeship you apply for but they’re often similar to the entry requirements for a traditional degree.
Therefore you can expect to need at least two A Levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification.
It’s common for employers to expect applicants to have studied relevant subjects – either at school or college, or in a related apprenticeship.
You might also need to show relevant work experience you have completed to demonstrate an interest in the field of work.
Find the right apprenticeship for you!
Starting an apprenticeship can be an excellent way to open up many doors for your future career.