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Pathways to Apprenticeship (PtA) Programme

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The Welsh Government is supporting young learners aged between 16 and 24 years of age through intensive training to put them on the pathway to becoming an apprentice.

Discover your Pathway to an Apprenticeship

We’ll be offering Pathways into all of the key skills areas across Wales, whether you’re a young person struggling to get into work or an employer that wants to attract high calibre people, Pathways to Apprenticeship can help.

Working in partnership with Sector Skills Councils and Further Education colleges, the Welsh Government, part financed by the European Social Fund, introduced the Pathways to Apprenticeship programme in 2009. It’s a great chance for young people to learn skills and gain vital work experience that will get their career off to a flying start. While giving employers an ‘in depth’ look at potential entrants to their industry and access to pre-trained, motivated young people. A fantastic opportunity all round.

The programme is available in 12 Colleges pan Wales. For 2013 to 2014, the PtA programme is being delivered in the following sectors:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Land based Engineering
  • Construction - Building Treatments and Traditional Trades
  • Automotive - Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • IT and Telecoms
  • Life Sciences
  • Hospitality
  • Plumbing, Domestic Heating, Ventilation & Refrigeration and Electro-technical
  • Sports and Active Leisure
  • Technical Theatre and Live Events
  • Engineering including Aerospace.

The programme is in its final year and training delivery will cease in July 2014, but there is still the opportunity for an employer to benefit by engaging in the programme.

Perhaps you’re an employer looking for a cost-effective way to improve your workforce.  If you want to find young, motivated people that can make a difference to your business, it’s time you found out more about Pathways to Apprenticeship. The programme gives you access to a pool of young people who have either been trained in your sector, or are working towards the relevant recognised qualifications and experience you need.

You can either offer an Apprenticeship place to one of our pre-trained recruits or a work placement to a Pathways learner. Who knows, once they’ve successfully completed their course, they could be the perfect candidate to progress onto a full Apprenticeship with you.

To see what Pathways to Apprenticeship could do for you, give our Skills People Success team a call on 0845 60 661 60 or email  

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The Pathways to Apprenticeship (PtA) programme has been approved to receive financial support from the European Social Fund programme 2007-2013 under Priority 1.