Take on an apprentice in Wales

Information about eligibility and frameworks for taking on an apprentice in Wales.

Taking on an apprentice 

An apprenticeship is a job with a training element. Apprentices work with an employer for a year or more, learning how to do a job by doing it.

The first step is to identify what job you want the apprentice to do. This will determine what apprenticeship framework they will work towards.

The next step is to identify a training provider (usually a college of further education) to help the apprentice gain their apprenticeship qualification. They will check that the apprentice will be working in a safe environment, and can help with recruitment.  

You then recruit and employ your apprentice. This could involve recruiting a new member of staff or converting an existing job role (of somebody under 25), such as a Jobs Growth Wales placement, into an apprenticeship.

The apprentice will complete most of their training in the workplace. They also attend college at least one day a month for ‘off-the-job’ training, which includes industry masterclasses.

Periodically, the college will visit the workplace to assess the apprentice. This will go towards the apprentice achieving their apprenticeship qualification.

Who can take part in an apprenticeship?

In Wales any registered employer can take on an apprentice. 

In Wales, the priority age is 16-24. Although an apprentice aged 25 or over could be an apprentice, they would have to follow a higher apprenticeship programme (levels four and five only).

Apprenticeships are designed as non-graduate, entry-level routes into industries. 

What types of Creative Apprenticeship are available?

The apprenticeship must be linked to industry-developed qualifications that form an apprenticeship framework.

Creative Apprenticeship frameworks were developed specifically for the creative and cultural sector, and the frameworks currently available in Wales are:

You may also be interested in other apprenticeship frameworks, such as business administration, accountancy or digital media. It all depends on the job role you have in mind.

New frameworks are being developed all the time and we continue to talk to employers about their needs.


The apprentice undertakes a combination of on-the-job training with an employer and off-the-job training with a college or training provider.

In Wales, the cost of an eligible apprentice’s training is fully funded by Welsh Government, so the only cost to the employers is the apprentice’s wages.

The apprentice must be employed and paid at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage. We always encourage employers to pay more or to increase the salary as their skills increase.

They should work for a minimum of 16 hours per week, including college time, and the employment should last a minimum of a year.

How Creative & Cultural Skills can help

In Wales, Creative & Cultural Skills can support employers by:

  • Assessing the skills needs of your organisation and helping to choose the right apprenticeship pathway.
  • Putting you in touch with a training provider.
  • Supporting you with recruiting an apprentice, including through the Apprenticeship Matching Service.
  • Advertising for free on our careers website Creative Choices.
  • Helping to broker partnerships with other organisations to share apprentices.
  • Providing free business mentoring training and support.

Apprenticeships in the creative and cultural sector in Wales have been running since the successful pilot of Creative Apprenticeships in 2010. 

Since the pilot, we are supporting more employers within the sector to take on apprentices, and have had some great success stories.

Take on an apprentice

See our step-by-step guide for taking on an apprentice.


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