Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Author:Welsh Government (UK)
Country:United Kingdom
Start Year:2013
Contact:Julie James, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology
Types of organisation:Regional and local authorities

Considering the Council Declaration1 on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships of 15 October 2013, Welsh Government (UK) will undertake the following measures to increase the quality, supply and attractiveness of apprenticeships.

The ambition of the Welsh Government for a skills system that is highly valued by employers. To achieve this objective the Welsh Government will work with employers to develop apprenticeship frameworks and support employers in utilising the skills of their workforce through developing a culture of high-performance working and investing in skills alongside government.

Development activity has included:

  • additional funding to deliver more apprenticeship places;
  • a focus on increasing the number of higher apprenticeship frameworks (level 4+);
  • direct employer support to encourage apprenticeship recruitment, in the form of a wage subsidy and one-off payment to support recruitment costs;
  • projects addressing equality and diversity as a cross-cutting theme;
  • enhanced marketing and communication plans; and
  • investment in shared apprenticeship schemes, enabling more employers to engage with the apprenticeship programme.

In supporting on-going development, the Welsh Government will be consulting on the future of apprenticeship frameworks in Wales in autumn 2014. The consultation will seek the views of employers and our wider stakeholders on how Wales can develop an approach to apprenticeship framework development which reflects our future needs and priorities. This consultation will provide further evidence to support the implementation of a co-investment policy for Wales.

Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image

Employers, training providers, further education colleges, Careers Wales, and representative bodies (for example, of training providers and further education colleges).

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