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There is such a wide range of jobs and careers out there that it can be difficult for a young person to know where to start when looking for training opportunities.

Careers Wales has a job matching quiz to help school leavers match their skills and interests to different jobs and help them understand the training, qualifications and skills they will need to fulfil their ambitions. With over 700 jobs listed, it’s a great starting place.  

Find out what types of careers and opportunities are available in Wales in Careers Wales’ Job Trends. You can find out what careers are growing in Wales,  who the key employers are, what people earn and much more.

Once you have an idea about the job you want, it’s time to think about the training or qualifications you need to do the job.

Being paid to train

Depending on the kind of career you’re interested in, it might be possible to train and get paid at the same time.

Traineeships

Traineeships are for young people aged 16-17 in Wales; although if you are aged 18 and have left school or college you can also apply.  You will gain the skills you need to get a job or perhaps advance to an apprenticeship, or a college course.

There are three levels:

  • Engagement
  • Level 1
  • Level 2 – Bridge to Employment

You will receive a weekly allowance of £30 for Engagement level, £50 for Level 1 and a minimum of £50 for Level 2 for full-time attendance. You can also claim for travel, childcare and other costs. For more information visit Careers Wales.

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a job with training and it gives the apprentice an opportunity to gain recognised qualifications whilst you are working and earning a wage. Apprenticeships usually last between two and three years.

There are three types of apprenticeships:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship (Entry level apprenticeship)
  • Apprenticeship (GCSEs usually required)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (A Levels or equivalent required)

Find out more on What is an Apprenticeship? Careers Wales has put together a useful list of employers who offer apprenticeships, with a link to the relevant page on their website.

The National Minimum Wage for an apprentice currently starts at £3.50 an hour.

Jobs Growth Wales

Jobs Growth Wales provides unemployed 16-24 year olds with six months’ work experience while being paid at least the National Minimum Wage.  Jobs Growth Wales can offer you additional help and mentoring while you are in the job and give you the work experience you may be lacking.

Find out more about Jobs Growth Wales.

Training at college

Another option to train and qualify for your chosen career is to study a course at college.

You can study BTEC, City & Guilds and NVQ qualifications in work-related subjects like building and construction, health and beauty, and hospitality and catering.

Colleges offer many vocational courses so it’s worth looking at individual college websites to see what’s on offer. Find your local college.

You can start at a lower level course and then progress to the next level. Find out more about the courses available in Wales.

Help with living costs

Young people aged 16-18 in further education may be eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) depending on the household income.

Students aged 19 or over may be eligible for a Welsh Government Learning Grant (WGLG) - FE of up to £1,500. Colleges may offer additional help with childcare and travel costs depending on your circumstances.

Supported work for disabled young people

Disabled young people may need additional support to pursue their chosen career path, e.g. work experience, travel or perhaps the provision of specialist equipment. Find out more about funding for disabled students.

There are organisations to help disabled young people to enter the world of work. Visit Careers Wales for more information.

Last updated: 08/03/2018