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The Permanent Secretary

Hello, would you like a new career with the Welsh Government?

If you’re looking for a new career then a job in the Welsh Government is a great place to start.

We’re the devolved government for Wales and we’re responsible for a wide range of policy areas to build a fairer, more equal and greener Wales.

The Welsh Government is accountable to the First Minister and the people of Wales through the Senedd.

We’re looking for a diverse range of individuals to join the Welsh civil service who are keen to work in a variety of exciting roles and to make a practical and positive impact to citizens across the country.

We’re searching for flexible and innovative people to work with our stakeholders and partners across the public service, who’ll put collaboration at the heart of everything we do - to make our nation a better place in which to live and work.

Here at the Welsh Government we’ve got an excellent track record of working in social partnership with our recognised Trade Unions, ensuring that we strike the right balance between our interests and those of our employees – something you’ll hear more about later in this film.

Vaughan Gething AS/MS

And this is why the Welsh Government needs you. We're making up to 50 places available on our next corporate apprenticeship intake that is due to launch in March this year.

There are three different pathways - business administration, finance and digital, data and technology.

Apprenticeships run for a period of 18 months, supporting apprentices to attain a level three NVQ qualification in the relevant discipline in an environment with supports and enables workplace learning.


So, what can you expect in terms of benefits from joining the Welsh Government civil service? Let’s start with 31 days paid annual leave as well as public and privilege holidays, automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme and access to Cycle to Work and Green Car schemes.


We’re passionate about your development and future, and are proud to offer an environment in which our employees can develop and thrive through access to a brilliant Corporate Learning & Development Offer, including access to the Civil Service Talent Schemes and a Welsh Language Learner’s Programme.


We know that organisations are more successful and creative when they are diverse.

Bringing together different views, ideas and experiences not only helps us make decisions more effectively, but it also helps ensure our policies reflect the needs of everyone in Wales.

We’re proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer.

We’re also committed to being an anti-racist organisation and working to the social model of disability, which recognises that people are disabled not by their impairments but by barriers in society.

We’ve signed the Changing Faces Pledge to be Seen, which commits us to encourage more people with a visible difference to join our organisation - a campaign that’s close to my own heart after growing up with a visible scar on my face.


I work in Diversity in Recruitment, our team’s aim is to increase diversity in the Welsh Government.

We do this by supporting candidates from start to finish and ensuring that they experience a fair and open recruitment process.

The DiR team are enthusiastic about the WG commitment to increasing diversity in the workplace. 


We’re striving to have a culture in which everyone is able to make their best possible contribution and to feel able to be themselves at work.

We guarantee an interview to any disabled person or Armed Forces veteran whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.  

All employees are encouraged to join our Diversity Staff Networks.

We also have a range of peer to peer support groups which provide a different sort of support to colleagues than is normally available.

The diversity of the Welsh Government is currently a long way from being representative of the communities we serve.

We need to change as an organisation in order to help drive the change in wider society so we warmly welcome your interest in applying for these roles and hope you will help us create the organisation we want to be.


We believe that the best way to achieve our aims is by ensuring that managers and trade unions work together.

Our 3 recognized trade unions are: PCS, Prospect, FDA

The partnership agreement is the foundation to this relationship.  The agreement sets out how our unions work with the Welsh Government on issues such as: Pay, terms and conditions, policies and procedures, and organisational change.

As a trade union official, I work in close partnership with HR to give my members a real say in the workplace. As trade unions we make sure that the interests of our members are promoted and protected and we also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.


Your Health & Wellbeing is really important to us. All of our staff have access to our Occupational Health Service and Employee Assistance Programme who are there to provide practical advice, guidance and support if you need it.


Is your work-life balance important to you?  It is to us too!  For that reason, we operate a smart working policy which encourages a blend of home and office based working.

This enables us to support each other and work together to deliver our priorities, whilst managing our home life commitments.

The Permanent Secretary

A job in the Welsh Government is a unique and special job. Do you want to make a difference? Come and work with us!

A job at the Welsh Government is unlike any other in Wales – so are you ready to make a difference with us?

Thank you very much

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Find out more about being an apprentice at Welsh Government.