Training & Learning Opportunities

There are many different routes to starting a career and training is only one of them. All 16 to 18 year olds are eligible to start training as soon as they leave school in Year 11.

The current programme of work based-training in Wales is available at three levels Engagement, Traineeship and Apprenticeships. Each level is based on a national framework of qualifications known as QCF NVQ's and compare to GNVQ's, GCSE's, AVCE's and A Levels. Workbased learning is funded by the Welsh Government Via the European Social Fund. Whilst on these training Programmes, you will be entitled to a wage or a Training allowance.

Apprenticeships [Level 3]

These are available in a wide range of careers and will give you the chance to develop skills in communication, Application of number, information technology and other skills that your career will require. Entry will require an interview and ability test and usually but not always a GCSE or QCF NVQ qualification. Training will be with a local firm or training company and might require attendance at a college or other training place.

Foundation Apprenticeships [Level 2]

These are similar to the Apprenticeship but lead to NVQ at Level 2 and from which you can progress to Level 3. This training programme will provide you with the skills demanded in the real world.

The skills have been approved by employers and when you qualify you will be able to make valuable contribution to a business with your skills in IT, problem solving, communication and team working. The demonstration of your competence in the work place will lead to a QCF NVQ at level 2.


Traineeship will help you to try different jobs if you are not quite sure what you want to do. Traineeships prepare you to apply for jobs by offering assessment and training which can include preparing to enter employment, the army or voluntary The length of the time of the course can be flexible to enable progression. The training will include extra help with your Basic Skills and help you to search for jobs.

Training Opportunities Update

Training opportunities change each year to reflect the needs of local firms. Careers wales hold up-to-date information on the latest availability of these programmes. This is available both to new applicants and those who wish to progress. You should also be aware that some firms advertise first in the local or regional newspapers.

Self-Employment or Voluntary Work

If you are thinking of working for yourself or doing voluntary work, there are still many ways in which you can become qualified and gain valuable experience. For the best advice in these areas, you should contact your Careers Advisers in school or Careers Wales:

Cwmbran Office
Tel: 01633 482363


Torfaen Training

Torfaen Training offers a range of courses including Traineeships, Foundation Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships. For more information contact the training centre on 01633 875929.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Learning & Community Participation

Tel: 01495 762200

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