ColegauCymru calls for expansion of junior apprenticeship programme in Wales


ColegauCymru has today welcomed the Estyn review of the junior apprenticeship programme in Wales.

Interim Chief Executive, Kelly Edwards, said,

“We warmly welcome Estyn’s report highlighting the positive impact of the junior apprenticeship programme. The report demonstrates the positive outcomes for learners, including very high success rates in vocational qualifications. In Wales, we need to develop a new, enhanced 14-19 learning and transition pathway to include greater opportunities for learners in Years 10 and 11 to be able to access vocational education in college.

Today’s Estyn report provides clear evidence of the need to expand the junior apprenticeships programme, to enable equal access for all learners in Wales to these opportunities. The expansion of the programmes should be underpinned by a right for all school age learners to hear directly from colleges about the option of studying in further education and work-based learning. It is critical that we end the current postcode lottery for 14-16 year olds, and make sure that all young people can access high quality vocational qualifications."

Further Information

Estyn review
A review of the junior apprenticeship programme in Wales
13 May 2024

Amy Evans, Policy Officer

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