Supporting employers to use apprenticeships

We work with employers. We want them to get the most out of apprenticeships and we have guidance to support them.

Apprenticeships employer champions

We have a team of apprenticeship employer champions in health and social care and children and early years sector.

Their role is to:

  • let employers know more about apprenticeships
  • increase participation
  • share good practice.

If you’d like to speak to an employer champion or become one contact sandie.grieve@socialcare.wales for further details.

Employing an apprentice

Employing an apprentice can help develop a skilled and qualified social care workforce.

Apprentices get a salary like other employees. It's based on their age, experience, skills and ability. Some apprentices are on work placement and get paid a training allowance.

Your responsibilities as an employer might include:

  • recruiting an apprentice - a training provider may be able to help
  • paying an apprentice in full time employment
  • job training
  • making sure the apprentice has time for learning
  • reviewing their progress.

What is our role?

We make sure that all our apprenticeships follow the:

  • Welsh Government’s apprenticeships ‘blueprint'
  • Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) rules for content.

When we develop new apprenticeships or evaluate existing ones, we consult with employers. 

This helps us identify skills needed in the workforce and see how an apprenticeship can meet them.

What's in it for you?

Apprenticeships can help you and your workforce by:

  • Improving productivity – apprenticeships equip people with the skills and knowledge to do their job better.
  • Improving motivation – apprenticeships can make it easier to recruit and keep people who want to learn.
  • Giving relevant training – apprenticeships are designed to meet the needs of your business now and in the future.
  • Avoiding skill shortages – apprenticeships allow you to gain specialist skills, keep up to date on new training and follow standards.

Where do I go next?

For more information on apprenticeships see the Welsh Government and Careers Wales websites.

Last updated: 13 October 2017