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Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

An industry-leading apprenticeship programme is producing the next generation of specialist healthcare professionals to meet the future challenges posed by an ageing Welsh population.

After identifying that 1 in 4 people in Wales will be aged 65 and over by 2036, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTM) evolved its strategy 4 years ago to embrace work-based learning.

CTM last year launched the Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) in Health Care Science (HCS) - the first of its kind in Wales - in partnership with training provider Educ8 Training.

Bridging the gap between Level 3 health related apprenticeships and a degree, the Higher Apprenticeship enables learners to progress to become a registered scientist. More than 550 staff have accessed an apprenticeship.