Are you between 16-24 and looking for a paid training opportunity? The Assembly is looking for 4 apprentices to work in different departments across the organisation…
The deadline for applications was 10.00 Tuesday 29 March, 2016 and has now passed.
What’s the job?
The placements are based in Cardiff Bay. The scheme presents an exciting opportunity for individuals to learn and develop within a parliamentary place of work. You’ll be working for the body called the Assembly Commission. This is the corporate body that keeps everything the National Assembly for Wales running. Find out more about the Assembly by exploring this section.
We are looking for four apprentices to work in various teams throughout the Commission. Each will follow a carefully designed programme, working in three areas for five month blocks, as well as taking part in short shadowing placements with other teams across the organisation.
How do I apply?
Go to the Assembly website and complete the application forms. If you have any questions about the scheme you can get in touch with us by e-mailing AC.Recruitment@Assembly.Wales or call us on 0300 200 6507.
Past apprentice schemes
Here’s what a few past apprentice scheme participants thought about their time at the Assembly…
There are lots of benefits to becoming an apprentice. For me those benefits included kick starting my career and earning a salary while I gained a sought-after qualification. The National Assembly gave me a solid foundation for my future and the training I have received has been really informative.
I received hands on training, had the chance to develop my skills and put them into practice and the flexibility to learn while I work. My apprenticeship opened up lots of opportunities for me and I now have a permanent job, am studying towards another NVQ and I was recently shortlisted by Coleg Llandrillo for the Apprentice of the Year award 2016. If someone has the opportunity to pursue an apprenticeship, I’d thoroughly recommend it. There’s no better way to learn than hands on experience.
After completing a one year Diploma at the University of Glamorgan, I made the decision to apply for the Apprenticeship scheme at the National Assembly for Wales. Following a group assessment and an interview I was offered one of the four positions. From the moment I arrived in the building I was made to feel very welcome by the friendly staff around me!
I was placed in the Resources group which consists of Human Resources, Governance and Audit and Financial Services. I worked predominantly within the HR team; where I spent time in the Learning and Development and Recruitment teams. In addition to this, I also gained experience in the Finance department.
Working in different departments gave me a wide range of experience and knowledge of how the Assembly works. During my time as an apprentice I was fully supported and have met friends for life!
In addition to my working hours in the office, I simultaneously completed an NVQ qualification with the Cardiff and Vale College. I gained Level 2 Essential Skills in, application of number, ICT and communication skills as well as an OCR Level 2 Award in Business Skills. Completing this qualification gave me a wealth of administrative experience and transferrable skills in business administration.
The Apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience working in an office environment. You will gain a nationally recognised qualification as well as receive a salary. If you are thinking about applying, go for it! You will be glad you did!
The Assembly has gave me amazing opportunities to develop and progress in my career and hopefully it will do the same for you.
When I first started the apprenticeship scheme I was 17 and it gave me a chance to complete my business and administration NVQ level 2. When I was appointed my role as an apprentice I was based in the Finance team but I was able to move around to different departments to gain experience and learn new skills. I worked in the Front of House/Visitor Relations team which gave me experience dealing with the public and also worked with the team that supports Assembly Members and their staff.
There was a lot of internal training on offer which you can help you improve your skills, for example I attended a ‘Leading a meeting’ course which taught me ways of handling different problems when taking a lead on a meeting. There are also Welsh courses you can complete if you want to learn Welsh. If you have never spoken a word of Welsh you can start at the very beginning or take a more intermediate course, all standards are welcome.
Working in the Assembly helped me choose what career path I wanted to take. As I was placed in finance I found I enjoyed the work and I knew I wanted to continue my career in accounting.