We are dependent on employers offering work experience for our students, who, without our support, may not be able to access the same opportunities as their peers.
We are therefore looking for employers who can host tailored, flexible work experience for students, including short meetings to talk directly to students about their own role and career path.
Employers of any size or in any sector can offer work experience, which can be:
‘Meet the Professional’ - A short meeting between a student and a professional in a role and / or sector of the student’s interest to help the student find out more about the role, career path and the skills needed for that role.
Work shadowing - Up to three days of unpaid work experience where the student observes someone in their role to understand how they do their job.
Work taster - Up to four weeks of unpaid work experience where the student has the opportunity to learn about work and the working environment by observing and undertaking some tasks.
Work placement - Four to six weeks of paid work experience where the student gets hands-on experience or works on a project.
The work experience can be in-person, virtual, or blended, depending on your circumstances and those of the student.
“It is important for us to offer experience to students willing to develop and begin their careers in a very competitive market.”
If you host work experience through the programme, you would be helping young students on higher education courses in Wales who face barriers in accessing work experience to develop and refine their employability skills though their work experience with you. These skills will help them become more employable and give them real life experience, which could put them in a good position when they start their career.
In turn, you would be demonstrating that you are a socially responsible employer and would have the opportunity to benefit from new ideas from a young student. Employers also tell us that our students have provided them with different perspectives, and that the programme has helped them to realise the benefit of a diverse workforce.
You would be joining over 650 employers in Wales who have supported a student by hosting work experience through the programme since April 2016.
“This gave our staff the opportunity to learn about diversity and being non-judgemental. I think we've all personally grown from getting to know the student.”
If you would like to get involved, please register your interest with your nearest university. With your permission we will add you to our employer database and you may be contacted by a participating university. Because the programme is student-led, we cannot guarantee that you will be asked to host work experience, and registering an interest does not place you under any obligation to host work experience.
University advisers spend some time with interested students to assess their needs. The advisers then seek suitable work experience or ‘Meet the Professional’ opportunities with all kinds of organisations in Wales.
The adviser will work with you to develop the work experience opportunity to correspond with the student’s requirements and what you are able to offer.
"This programme enabled us to provide an opportunity to a student who encouraged us to trial different ways of working, which we would not have considered beforehand."
Your adviser will help and advise you throughout your involvement, including supporting you and the student during the work experience.Show more...
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