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Current Welsh Government Apprentices

Welsh Government Apprentices

The Apprentices 2017 scheme has now closed for applications.

Why an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice you will earn while you train. It’s a great career choice whether you are leaving school or college, returning to work after starting a family or looking for a new career. There’s a wide range of jobs on offer.  A job at the Welsh Government is unlike any other in Wales.

At the Welsh Government you’ll be given support and guidance so you can develop your skills in the workplace. You will also need to set aside time to study for your NVQ. You’ll be a valued member of the team from day one.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you:

  • will be at least 16 years of age by 31 August 2017  
  • will not be in full-time education (you can apply while still attending school/college/university but will have finished your studies by the time your apprenticeship starts)
  • don’t need any specific qualification. If you already hold a qualification at NVQ Level 3 or above in Business Administration or a similar subject, you are not eligible for this apprenticeship scheme
  • will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements to apply.

How many apprenticeships are there?

We have up to 50 places available over the next 12 months in various locations throughout Wales. The majority will be based in offices in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberystwyth and Llandudno Junction . However there may be a limited number of opportunities in other locations throughout Wales.

What are the benefits?

How much will I be paid?

You will earn £17,200 a year while training. When you pass your apprenticeship you can apply for a permanent job at the Welsh Government. Within 2 years of starting your apprenticeship you could be earning £21,500. 

You will get 31 days holidays as well as 10 public and privilege days.  We offer flexible working arrangements to help you get the right work/life balance.  You will also be eligible for membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme

What qualifications can I get?

You will study for NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration.  As well as getting the best possible work experience, you will attend college sessions and meet regularly with your tutor who will support you through the qualification.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Your apprenticeship training agreement will be for 18 months.



Why the Welsh Government?

At the Welsh Government we have over 5,000 staff in offices across Wales. Our jobs are varied. You could work in health, education, the environment, sport, tourism, CADW, and many other areas. 

We offer some of the best apprenticeship opportunities in Wales, which can open doors to your future career. As a Welsh Government apprentice you’ll discover the huge number of different things we do. Many staff are office based while others are out and about working in marine enforcement, as a castle custodian, a traffic officer, a farm liaison officer or something else entirely. 

Additional information


To apply, you will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements.  You will be a:

  • European Economic Area (EEA) national, including a British citizen
  • Commonwealth citizen
  • Swiss national
  • Turkish national (in some circumstances)

Eligibility requirements are explained in the Civil Service nationality rules.  

You must also comply with UK immigration legislation. It is possible to meet our nationality requirements but still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. If this applies to you, we cannot offer you employment 

For advice on nationality requirements or whether a qualification you hold might make you ineligible please e-mail us.

Completing your application

Before you complete your application please make sure you have :

  • details of 2 referees (name, contact telephone number and e-mail address), one of which should be your current or most recent employer, or your tutor at school/college/university
  • examples of how you can demonstrate your skills and experience. Don’t tell us about your skills – explain to us how you’ve used them. Use examples of when you’ve developed your experience
  • the certificates for the highest qualifications you hold at the time of applying - although we (the Welsh Government) do not require you have any qualifications to apply for this scheme the training provider will wish to see evidence of any qualifications you may have.

Diversity - We measure it because it matters

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We wish to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and appointed solely on their suitability for the post irrespective of who you are or where you come from.

We are sensitive to the fact that some people would rather not complete diversity forms - maybe because they fear the information will be misused. However we assure you that all information provided is kept strictly confidential, used PURELY for statistical purposes and will not be used to influence recruitment decisions.

A copy of our diversity policy is available upon request.

What happens after I apply?

You’ll get an e-mail at each stage of the recruitment process.  If you are successful at the first stage of application we will ask you to complete an on-line assessment in numeracy, literacy and digital skills. Following a successful completion of the test you may be invited for further assessment.


Frequently asked questions

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