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Apprenticeship and Training
If you want to learn as you work, you could think about work-based training, working towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or a modern Apprenticeship.
NVQ’s are nationally recognised qualifications that show you have achieved the practical skills and knowledge that enable you to do a job effectively. They are practical qualifications where you are assessed as you work.
You study one level at a time, with qualification levels from 1 to 5. A qualified assessor will observe you and ask you questions you about the work you carry out, to test your knowledge and understanding.
Sometimes you will be required to produce a portfolio or folder of evidence to prove that you can carry out particular tasks.
If the assessor is satisfied that you have achieved the national standard for the level you are working on, they will sign off your work and you can then progress to the next unit or the next level.
There are a variety of NVQ’s to choose from, including business and management, engineering and construction, health care and beauty, catering and leisure services. NVQ’s can be studied as part of work-based training, at college, or as part of an apprenticeship.
There is an all Wales programme that provides funding to employers offering high quality apprenticeship programmes who recruit and train additional young apprentices (16-24 yrs old) called the Young Recruits Programme. If you are employed and there is no training on offer you could speak to your employers about this programme.
If you're unemployed and looking for an apprenticeship, you can search and apply on-line for vacancies via the Careers Wales Apprenticeship Matching Service.