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What are apprenticeships?  

Apprenticeships offer a way to train, develop new skills and achieve nationally recognised qualifications while you work and earn.

  • Apprentices are paid, like other employees. The salary will depend on things such as age, experience, skills or ability.
  • The apprenticeship qualifications are a mix of on the job learning and experience, and communication and numeracy skills.
  • An apprenticeship takes between 18 months to two years to complete.
  • Apprenticeships are suitable for all ages. If you are aged 16 or over and want to work in social care or early years and childcare, an apprenticeship could be a good place to start.

Stories from apprentices

Callum Fennell
Emily Free
Student Social Worker (former Apprentice)
Naomi Frere
Student Social Worker (former Apprentice)
Naomi Lovesay
Monmouthshire County Council
Gareth John
Youth Worker (former Apprentice)
Catrin Jones Williams
Nursery Child Care Manager
Lisa Newall
Training Advisor

Why are apprenticeships important?


  • Apprenticeships create opportunities for people to gain experience in a role. The employer will support an apprentice to gain the skills needed to do the job. They will also give training along with a learning provider.
  • It is a great way to help gain the qualifications needed for the job.
  • Apprenticeships are a great start in building a career in care.


The benefits of becoming an apprentice include:


  • You are employed from day one with pay and paid holidays.
  • You will gain a national qualification which is fully funded and can lead to career progression.
  • You will have support and guidance to develop your knowledge and skills whilst working.
  • For those new to working in care it offers a great opportunity to get into the routine of work, learning to take responsibility and understanding the working environment.


To find out more and explore current apprenticeship vacancies please visit:


How can you start an apprenticeship?


There are three ways to begin an apprenticeship in social care or early years and childcare:

  • Some employers may advertise apprenticeship jobs which you can apply for directly. 
  • For those already in a care role you can get qualified through an apprenticeship.
  • To view current vacancies in care visit our jobs portal.