Junior Apprenticeships

Junior Apprenticeships are a unique new way to learn and start training for a future career for 14-16 year olds.

About our Junior Apprenticeship programme

During Year 10 and 11 young people on a Junior Apprenticeship programme come to college, instead of school, five days a week during term-time.

On a Junior Apprenticeship you can develop knowledge, skills and gain industry qualifications for your chosen future career. Alongside this you will study English and Maths and continue to sit GCSE exams in these subjects which are important for any future career.

These unique programmes, jointly funded by Cardiff City Council, Cardiff schools and Cardiff and Vale College, offer a brand new route for young people to train for a future career. Our aim is to make you employable and ready to progress onto your next step – a higher level course or apprenticeship in your chosen career at the age of 16.

School link 14-19 pathways
We work with over 25 schools across Cardiff and the Vale and provide a range of innovative, stimulating Learning Pathways.

For more information about School Link contact the team: learningpathways@cavc.ac.uk

Junior Apprenticeships are offered in a range of areas including:


Are you passionate about cars? Would you like to work in the automotive industry? This programme will develop your skills and experience to start training for a career in mechanics, body repair and maintenance with light or heavy vehicles.

Catering and Hospitality

Think you could be the next top chef? Develop your knowledge, skills and experience for a future career in catering and hospitality - learning in our fantastic restaurant, kitchens and bakery.


Train for a career in construction. Develop hands on skills and experience in brickwork, carpentry, painting and decorating and find the career path you want to follow.


If you are creative and interested in art and digital media this programme lets you focus on developing your skills and qualifications to start an exciting creative career.

Customer Services, Hairdressing and Beauty

Develop skills and experience in Customer Services, Hairdressing and Beauty and open doors to a wide range of careers in these areas, learning in our top class on-site commercial salon and spa - urbasba.

Public Services

This exciting programme develops your problem solving, teamwork, leadership skills and confidence as you take on projects, challenges and outdoor pursuits to start developing your skills for a career in one of the public services.

How can I apply?

To apply you must speak to your Head of Year in school or lead person where you are currently registered to learn. The College is unable to take direct applications for Junior Apprenticeships. All applicants must be referred through school or where you are currently registered to learn.