What is an Apprenticeship?

Put simply, an apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme on which apprentices can earn while they learn.

Apprenticeships give young people a chance to gain real-world experience and nationally recognised qualifications while earning a wage through full-time employment. You will develop job-specific skills that will enhance your prospects, and gets hands-on experience in a working environment. All apprenticeships are delivered in a consistent format over roughly four years, with the Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship and the Level 3 Apprenticeship taking around two years each.

The Process

The steps of an Apprenticeship…

Apply through the Careers Wales website to a specific vacancy, or fill out an XR Training application form.

You will be assessed at the training centre on your various skills to determine your current level of learning.

XR Training will forward your application to prospective employers, organise interviews and secure you apprenticeship employment.

If successful, you will be enrolled onto an industry-approved apprenticeship framework at Level 2 and training will commence. You will spend 4 days a week in the workplace, and be released 1 day a week to XR for off-the-job theory training.

Once you have completed your Level 2, you can progress to a Level 3 apprenticeship. Upon completion of the Level 3, you are fully qualified (although further education/training is available).

Click here to fill out our Application Form

Funded Training For Apprenticeships

The Funding

Apprenticeship programmes in Wales are fully funded through the Welsh Assembly Government and European Social Fund, so there is no cost to you for your training. Funding is available for people aged 16-25 for a full 4 year apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeships are very adaptable and seek to develop multi-skilled and skill specific people who can meet the needs of industry today and in the future. The programmes feature high quality, practical, work-based training, both on and off the job, and incorporate Essential Skills and Technical Certificates, together with NVQ qualifications.

We are approved to offer specialised apprenticeships in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Fabrication & Welding, Electrical Installation & Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance and Manufacture.

These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.