Opportunities for young people to gain employment, practical experience and professional qualifications with the Urdd.

Our aim is to work alongside stakeholders to develop Welsh-medium apprenticeships for young people in Wales. Our vision is to nurture a young, confident and bilingual workforce by providing opportunities for young people to learn, to develop personally and socially, and to increase their confidence using Welsh.

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History of the Scheme

After seeing the success of the Urdd sports and outdoor activity apprenticeships, and in response to figures showing a lack of Welsh-medium apprenticeships in Wales, we're working to further develop our apprenticeships with a target of offering 100 apprenticeships in a variety of fields by 2022!

The Urdd Sports Department has partnered with ACT and ALS – apprenticeship training, and Agored Cymru – Welsh-medium awarding body, to create and deliver a successful apprenticeship scheme funded by the Welsh Government.

In 2013 the scheme was first launched with 3 sports apprentices, and has since grown year on year.  Today, we have 20 apprentices working in Sports and Outdoor Activities, and 14 learners are part of our Externally Facilitated Apprenticeships. 

The Sports Department is proud of a 100% completion rate on all apprenticeships commenced, which compares favourably to other apprenticeship schemes in Wales. All previous learners have gone on to either work with us at the Urdd, to work in the sports sector with other employers, or have gone on to study sports at university. 

Employing apprentices has helped the Urdd’s Sport Department to develop and grow their provision. Many of the clubs offered in schools and in communities are assisted or run by Urdd apprentices. Since the launch of the scheme the services we can provide within the Urdd have grown dramatically, with now over 8,000 children and young people taking part in Urdd Sports Clubs weekly!
The Youth Work Department have already set wheels in motion to employ 4 apprentices from September 2018, with a view to offer the Youth Work Apprenticeship in all 17 regions across Wales in the near future.