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16 October 2014
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Skill Seekers

Fed up with sitting in a classroom?
Want to get out into the real world?
Prefer to get your qualifications part-time

If this sounds like you - work-based training may be what you’re looking for!

‘Skill Seekers’ is the name for all government-funded, work-based training programmes for young people in Wales.

Why choose Skill Seekers training?

Skill Seekers training gives you the chance to gain experience in a real job, plus job-specific qualifications like NVQs, while earning money.

To become qualified in certain occupations, like craft and technician level engineering or building trades, it is usual practice to leave school at 16 and train through an apprenticeship.

If you’d rather keep your options open a bit longer or you’ve chosen a career that needs high entry qualifications, have a look at AVCEs and GCE Advanced.

Skill Seekers training programmes

What sort of work can I train for through Skill Seekers training?

Opportunities vary depending where you live. The most common training routes are:

  • Clerical/office work
  • Care assistants
  • Sales and shop work
  • Catering and hotel work
  • Manufacturing (factory) work
  • Engineering craft/technician
  • Information technology
  • Construction craft/technician
  • Other skilled trades (like motor mechanic and electrician)
  • Hairdressing

but there are lots of other possibilities.

Your local Careers Centre or ELWa (Education and Learning Wales) office can tell you more about opportunities in your area.


If you’re 16 or 17 and already in a full-time job, you may have the right to time off work to study or train for a qualification under the Time Off for Study law.

Cymraeg (Welsh)


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