Apprenticeship Week Wales: Celebrating the value of apprenticeships as pathways to meaningful employment and prosperous economies

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ColegauCymru is pleased to be supporting Welsh Government Apprenticeship Week which takes place between 6–13 February 2023. This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships promotes the value they bring to both learners and employers across Wales. 

ColegauCymru coordinates the network of 11 colleges that work in close partnership to deliver high quality apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of vocational areas - from junior apprenticeships to foundation level and higher-level apprenticeships. With strong links to industry and highly established support systems for learners, including dedicated Employment and Enterprise Bureaus, the FE sector is well placed help deliver the skills necessary for learners to embark on successful careers. This in turn will help to produce and retain skilled people to help meet the current and future demand for businesses and the Welsh economy. 

Agreement with construction training board, CITB 

ColegauCymru on behalf of our member colleges has also signed an agreement with Construction Industry Training Board, CITB, in a move to support the provision of construction qualifications and support for learners, apprentices and employers across Wales. This partnership is key to ensuring that learners and apprentices receive the appropriate training and skills required to be able to make a valuable contribution to industry and the economy. It is also hoped that the move could be emulated across different sectors in the future.  

ColegauCymru Strategic Advisor for Work-based Learning and Employability, Jeff Protheroe, said, 

“The FE sector has long recognised apprenticeships as a valuable pathway into work or a new career, and the benefits they bring to both individuals, employers, and the economy. The FE sector is making strides in this arena, particularly with the recent establishment of Employment and Enterprise Bureaus and the agreement with CITB.  

We’re delighted to celebrate this week and share the great stories of successful apprenticeships which have led to meaningful employment opportunities or further study.” 

Further Information  

National Apprenticeship Week: Economy Minister urges businesses to take on an apprentice
6 February 2023

Welsh Government | Business Wales
Apprenticeship Week 2023

Jeff Protheroe, Strategic Advisor, Work-based Learning and Employability  

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