New play and childcare apprenticeships
The Welsh Government is encouraging people working between 10 and 16 hours within the childcare and play sector who want to progress their career to apply for funding for apprenticeship qualifications through the Progress for Success (PFS) programme.
Progress for Success is a Welsh Government and European Social Fund programme which funds existing early years, childcare and play practitioners to undertake recognised childcare and play qualifications. The aim of the programme is to raise the quality of provision offered to our youngest children in Wales by increasing and broadening the skills levels held by the existing workforce.
Specific funding is now being provided by the PFS programme to pilot apprenticeships across Wales in childcare and playwork aimed at existing practitioners who work between 10 and 16 hours per week. This is also the first time PFS will pilot an apprenticeship for people working in the sector who work less than 16 hours.
Economy Minister Ken Skates said:
‘Parents want the best quality childcare for their children and the Progress for Success programme provides a great opportunity for people wanting to further their career development to obtain fully funded apprenticeship qualifications through work based training. This will enable practitioners to support children across their early years learning and development and enhance their quality of care.’