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Apprenticeships in Wales exceed majority of targets with high success rates

Staff writer |
An independent evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship programme has found the vast majority of performance targets were exceeded.

The "Evaluation of the Work-Based Learning Programme 2011-2014: Apprenticeships" report also reveals that Apprenticeship success rates are high at 84% and the majority of employers were happy with their apprenticeships experience saying it was likely that they would offer apprenticeships in the future.

The Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship programme is one of several Work Based Learning and skills and employability programmes that have received support from the European Social Fund since 2011.

In addition to exceeding most of the targets set out by the ESF the evaluation also found that stakeholders agreed that the Work Based Learning programme fitted well with Welsh Government policy and met local training needs.

The report makes a series of recommendations for further improvements including around communicating the benefits of apprenticeships to young people, targeting of funded support to meet high demand and matching suitable employers and apprentices.

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