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Information for apprentices

Coleg Gwent Apprenticeships information for apprentices

Information for apprentices

Apprenticeships can be an excellent way to help you achieve a successful career and at Coleg Gwent, we deliver a high quality Apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeships at Coleg Gwent are for individuals who are aged 16 or over, living in Wales and employed within the industry sector for at least 16 hours a week. 

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’, developed by the Sector Skills Councils. Every apprentice follows an industry approved Apprenticeship framework, to develop high quality skills that employers want.

These frameworks include as a minimum:
  • A National Vocational Qualification providing skills specific to occupational areas

  • Technical Knowledge Qualifications – to underpin your practical skills

  • Transferable work-related skills – such as communication and application of number

We offer two levels of Apprenticeship; Foundation Apprenticeship (equivalent to five GCSEs, grade A-C) and Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A Level passes).

What can I do an Apprenticeship in?At Coleg Gwent, we offer the following Foundation Apprenticeships and Apprenticeship routes:

- Automotive engineering - light and heavy vehicle

- Automotive engineering - vehicle body repair and vehicle body paint

- Bricklaying

- Carpentry

- Catering and hospitality

- Construction

- Electrical engineering

- Electrical installation

- Health and social care

- Mechanical engineering

- Plastering

- Plumbing

- Welding 

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?Apprentices can train up to degree level and beyond - Apprentices are working in some of the most advanced and highly technical fields in the Welsh economy, such as engineering.

Earn whilst you learnWe know that full time learning isn’t for everyone. If you’d prefer to go straight into employment but want to get the qualifications alongside your new skills and experience, and are employed for at least 16 hours a week, an Apprenticeship could be for you.

A real jobPut your new skills into practice in your workplace, and come to college, usually one day a week.

A real qualificationA national qualification recognised by employers around the world.

A real paychequeNot only do you get industry experience, workplace skills and qualifications, you get paid! (in line with national minimum wage requirements)

A real future85% of Apprentices stay on in employment when they complete their Apprenticeship and 32% get promotion within 12 months of finishing.

Do I have to be employed?Yes. To be an apprentice you must be employed within the sector industry. If you live in Wales, and you are aged 16 or over, not in full time education and employed within the sector industry you can apply.

How long will I spend in college?Typically, you will attend college one day a week, for the delivery of the Technical Certificate and Essential Skills Wales qualifications, known as off-the-job training. You will spend the rest of the week with your employer learning on-the-job, building up knowledge and skills and gaining qualifications.

Where will training take place?You’ll share your learning between college where you will be provided with knowledge and develop skills whilst your employer will provide the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject.

What qualifications are included?This would depend on the route you’re following but most Apprenticeship frameworks consist of an NVQ Level 2 or 3, Technical Certificate and Essential Skills. For further details email us or call 01495 333355.  

How long will the Apprenticeship take to complete?A Foundation Apprenticeship takes between 12 and 24 months and an Apprenticeship can takes up to two years, depending on what route is being followed. When an apprentice signs up for the training scheme, they will be given a target time to finish. If you still have a question our Work Based Learning team are more than happy to help, you can email them or call 01495 333355. 


Apprenticeships are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. Find out more on the funding available.


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