Frequently asked questions - Apprenticeship Scheme

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical job training with study.  Being an Apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential job specific technical skills whilst you are working and earning a wage. 

Apprenticeship levels



Equivalent educational level

Foundation Apprenticeship

NVQ level 2

5 good GCSE passes


NVQ level 3

2 A-level passes

Higher Apprenticeship

NVQ level 4 or above

HNC, HND or foundation degree level and above.

Degree Apprenticeship

NVQ level 6

You will combine work with part-time study at a university or college and gain a full bachelor’s degree.

Who can apply?

Anyone.  As long as you are 16 or over, there is no upper age limit.

Due to the Apprenticeship entry criteria, applications cannot be accepted from any applicant who has already gained a similar qualification at level 3 or above in the role applied for.  For example, if you have a degree in Civil Engineering you will not be eligible to apply for a Civil Engineering apprenticeship post.  However, you could apply for any other apprenticeship post.  Any such applications will not be considered. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council welcomes applications from all parts of the community.

Apprenticeships for disabled people

Almost all apprenticeships can be made accessible. RCT will work with you to ensure you get tailored support to meet your needs so that you can work confidently and competently.

Can I apply for more than one vacancy?

Yes, you can apply for more than one vacancy.  However, you will only be invited to sit your online aptitude test on your first application. Upon completion, your scores will automatically be applied to any linked application in this recruitment campaign.

Is relevant work experience needed before I apply for the Apprenticeship?

No. We are looking to your future, not your past. Our selection process looks at your capabilities, potential and evidence of skills that could have been gained anywhere.

What is the dress code?

RCT doesn’t have a formal dress code – smart casual is quite acceptable. However, if meeting the public you are representing the department and therefore should dress smartly.

If successful, how will I be interviewed?

Depending on government guidelines in place at the time, interviews will be conducted either remotely or in person. Following the government’s latest social distancing measures, we are working to keep disruption of recruitment to a minimum.

If you are invited to a remote interview it will be using ‘Teams’ which you'll access via a link in an email invitation.

How long will it last?

Your Apprenticeship will last for 2 years with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

How will I learn?

This depends on the job you are training for.  Every Apprentice follows a programme of study that is approved. That means that you will gain a recognised qualification.  By the end of your Apprenticeship you will have the qualifications, skills and experience which match exactly what you have trained for.

What will I get paid?

You will be paid at national minimum wage, depending on your age.

As of April 2024, the current rate is:

  • 21 & over       £11.44
  • 18 - 20           £8.60
  • Under 18       £6.40

How do I apply?

Visit our vacancy search engine to apply or click here!