Childcare workers in Wrexham have been invited to apply to a new Welsh government funded programme.

Economy Minister Ken Skates and Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services Julie Morgan made the announcement about the opportunity, which looks to encourage more people to consider and trial a career in the child care sector.

Childcare Works phase two will be delivered by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Cymru and will train up to 84 people aged 25 or over, providing them with supported employment placements in a nursery for 16 weeks. The project will run until December 2020, with work placements at nurseries in ten local authority areas, namely Conwy, Wrexham, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

NDNA Cymru is now seeking participants who are currently not in employment or education but who are interested in taking part in the project to apply.

It follows the successful Childcare Works phase one in Flintshire and Wrexham, which trained 16 participants over the age of 50, most of whom have gone on to secure permanent employment within the early years and childcare sector.

Speaking at a launch event at Lullabyz Nursery in Newport, Economy Minister Ken Skates said: “Childcare is an essential part of the Welsh economy, providing a vital service in a foundational sector and ensuring our communities and the Welsh economy can prosper and parents and carers can access employment and training.

“This project is one of a number of ways we, the Welsh Government, are looking to support investment into the childcare sector, supporting the sector to grow and become sustainable. We want to attract individuals with the right skills and personal attributes for working with young children to pursue a career in childcare.

"With the success of phase one showing that given a little help and the right training opportunity, it can lead to starting a rewarding longer term career. This project will support our ambitions for the sector and support roll out of the new Childcare qualifications later this year.

"I’m delighted to see phase two now open and would encourage those eligible and aspiring to pursue a career in childcare to apply and make the most of the training and placements available.”

The Childcare Works project is one of the actions Welsh Government is developing under its 10-year Childcare, Play and Early Years Workforce plan. The plan aims to professionalise the sector and encourage high quality new entrants.

The Childcare Works project will give participants a chance to learn new vocational skills, in a supportive environment enabling them to take up further training, or an apprenticeship and pursue a future career in the early years and childcare. The project also supports the Welsh Government’s Employability Plan, launched last year to support people into work now, while preparing the workforce for immediate and long term future challenges.

If you are interested in participating as a nursery trainee, and you live in any of these local authority areas, go to or ring the NDNA Cymru office on 01824 707823.