ASPIRE - support for employees

The Shared Apprenticeship Programme within Blaenau Gwent is a strategic project with a number of partners; Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone, Education, Industry and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. The programme is set to enhance skills development within the manufacturing and engineering companies to develop business growth; whilst tackling unemployment and providing aspirational opportunities for young people across the local authority.

How does it work?

  • Apprentices will be employed by Aspire Blaenau Gwent and placed with a host manufacturing company for the duration of the apprenticeship (2-3 years) following a selection process and interview;
  • A learning pathway will be agreed by the Host Company and the apprentice with Coleg Y Cymoedd who is the delivery partner and to who funding has been allocated;
  • Apprentices will rotate employers to fulfil any skills gaps; and
  • Apprentices will be paid above minimum apprenticeship wage 

Entry requirements

  • Age 16yrs -24yrs
  • 5 GCSE Grades A-C Including STEM  subjects
  • A level pass in STEM subjects – especially maths and science
  • Starting VRQ
  • Completed Enhanced Engineering Programme or Pathways to Apprenticeships
  • Completed VRQ at college

Contact Information

Tara Lane
Telephone Number: 07805 759903

Graham Rees
Telephone Number: 07814 458045

Andrew Bevan
Telephone Number: 01495 355508