Natural Resources Wales is offering the chance for five more college and sixth form leavers to join its successful Cyfoeth apprenticeship scheme.
This follows the launch of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) apprenticeship scheme earlier this year.
The new recruits will join the original group of four apprentices in January, 2014.
The window for applications for five places – three in Bangor and two in Cardiff – is open until 9:00 am on 9 December.
The scheme will consist of two years paid experience working amongst ICT professionals at the organisation’s offices in Bangor and Cardiff.
During the apprenticeship young people will be able to work towards an industry recognised qualification, as well as the opportunity to secure permanent employment within the organisation.
It is being developed in conjunction with Microsoft and is the software giant’s first scheme of its kind in Wales.
Microsoft will advise on industry certifications and content as well as supporting delivery through its IT Academy programme which includes course materials, exams and other resources.
The apprenticeships will be available to both Welsh and non-Welsh speakers. Non-Welsh speakers will be asked to take part in a Welsh learning programme to increase their language skills.
Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive for Natural Resources Wales said:
“Extending this opportunity enables us to play a part in supporting the creation of new jobs and career development in Wales.
“Leaving further education in search of work can be a daunting experience for students, but what we’re offering is a first step onto the career ladder and an alternative to university.
“Not only will this scheme provide an opportunity for young people to learn a profession, it will also help to contribute towards a more skilled workforce for Wales.”
Natural Resources Wales also hopes to extend the scheme to other parts of the business in years to come.