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Skills and training

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Work-based learning (WBL) gives new employees the opportunity to learn essential skills on the job.
These pages inform learning providers of how our policies affect them. You will also find guidance and resources for providers of education in Wales.

We provide impartial advice and guidance on meeting the training needs of businesses and the individuals they employ.

At every stage of developing a business, there are a wide range of programmes of support available to assist in addressing the skills needs that arise.  

We offer businesses recruitment support to allow them to grow their workforce. This support comes through apprenticeships, wage incentives and guidance on how to approach the recruitment process.  

We offer training support to allow businesses to develop the skills of their workforce.  This support comes through funded and part funded training programmes and guidance on where to access the right training at the right time.

If you are looking to up-skill your existing workforce, or to recruit staff to assist your business, contact our business advisors on 03000 603 000 or visit

Policy statement on skills and Skills implementation plan

In January 2014, we published our long-term ambition for employment and skills policy in Wales. A commitment within the statement was to produce a Skills Implementation Plan which would set out the key actions to be undertaken and their timeline for delivery. These actions support the longer-term reform required to secure a resilient and sustainable skills system for Wales.