To support International Women's Day (IWD) an organisation that represents training providers across Wales hosted three discussions during March focused on achieving gender balance and diversity in apprenticeships.
Teenager Abby Griffiths has followed in the tyre tracks of her father and brother to become one of the youngest women in the country to qualify as a bus and coach driver, a career traditionally dominated by men.
NHS apprentices Woramon Davies and Omar Bojang are developing new careers thanks to the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship Programme, after arriving in Wales from Thailand and Gambia respectively.
They both work for Powys Teaching Health Board as hotel services assistants in Brecon War Memorial Hospital’s catering department where their apprenticeships are delivered by Jobforce Wales, part of the Skills Academy Wales Consortium at the NPTC Group.
Popular apprentice Zach Chapman refuses to let disability stand in the way of his ambition to become a qualified personal trainer.
Zach, 20, from Connah’s Quay, is diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy which affects his co-ordination, balance and speech. He left school at 16 not knowing what career path to follow and anxious about future job opportunities.