Apprenticeships in Wales

The Welsh government manages an approved Welsh Apprenticeship Framework, developed to ensure an apprentice has the relevant knowledge, skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Apprentices gain work experience, learn new skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

  • Foundation apprenticeships (Level 2) – usually gain a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to GCSE A*-C Level)
  • Apprenticeships (Level 3) – work towards a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A Levels)
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Levels 4-7) – work towards a higher qualification of Level 4 and This could be an HNC/HND or Foundation Degree.
  • Degree Apprenticeships (Levels 6-7) – provide the opportunity to gain a full bachelor’s They combine working with studying part time at a university or college.

Frameworks are available across 23 sectors, one of which is ‘Life Sciences’. Within this sector there is:

  • Level 2/3 Apprenticeships in Laboratory & Science Technicians, suitable for roles of Laboratory Technician (multiple settings)
  • Level 2/3 Apprenticeships in Polymer Processing Operations, suitable for roles of Polymer / Composite Operator, Production Operator, and Production Technician.
  • Level 4 Apprenticeships for Life Science and Related Science Industries, suitable for roles including: Life Science Technician; Chemical Science Technician; Food Science Technician, and Process Development Technician.

More details of these are available here

Each framework provides the following information: Entry requirements; Levels available within the sector; Progression options; Examples of job roles; Qualifications within an apprenticeship and average duration of apprenticeship.

An Employers Guide on apprenticeships is available here

The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru are an annual event. Details of which are here.