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Progression Pathways and Online Learning

Work-based learning

Work-based learning (WBL) provides all staff in NHS Wales structured opportunities for developing workplace skills and knowledge. WBL is achieved through accredited and non-accredited learning and is supervised in the workplace.

Accredited learning will provide the learner with a nationally recognised certificate. Non- Accredited learning is developed by a company without approval against regulated standards.



Apprenticeships are a way to earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain role specific skills and knowledge.

Depending on the size and level of the qualification it will take between 1 to 3 years to complete an apprenticeship. It combines practical, work-based training with study working towards a Welsh Apprenticeship Framework. Apprentices in conjunction with their line manager will select an appropriate Apprenticeship Framework which will include Competence, Knowledge, and relevant Essential Skills qualifications.

There are around 190 job roles available on a broad range of sectors from Level 2 to Level 5. Full details of all current frameworks can be found on the Frameworks Library | ACW - Website (

The managers handbook provides guidance to managers interested in providing an Apprenticeship in their area. You can find this here: Apprenticeship Handbook - Apprenticeship Managers' Handbook 2023 (



This is a virtual village to help fully understand the opportunities available within Health and Care to enable users to make informed employment choices. With over 350 roles at various levels available, this interactive resource provides an information and details of upcoming events. Welcome to Careersville | Careersville (  


Accredited Clinical Work Based Learning

Links to NHS Health Qualifications:

Links to Health and Social Qualifications

Links to Childcare Qualifications

Links to Healthcare Science Qualifications


Accredited non-Clinical Work Based Learning

These are varied courses, and more details can be found by contacted the Education and Training department within each Health Board.