Are you interested in helping students to develop skills for the workplace?

Would you like the opportunity to talent spot and benefit from new ideas?

The GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience programme aims to help students at Welsh universities to develop their employability skills and improve their chances of obtaining sustainable, graduate level employment when they leave university.

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.

For further information or to register your interest contact your local university
“It is important for us to offer experience to students willing to develop and begin their careers in a very competitive market.”

What are the benefits of hosting work experience?

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.”

What do I have to do?

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."

What do I need to know?

Your adviser will help and advise you throughout your involvement, including supporting you and the student during the work experience.

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  • Each opportunity should help the student to develop their skills and / or increase their understanding of the reality of a role
  • In order to help the student learn and develop, they need an appropriate level of support and supervision while they are with you
  • The adviser will agree times and dates to suit you and the student, and may need to carry out a health and safety vet
  • The adviser will help you complete any paperwork before you welcome the student to your organisation
  • It’s helpful if you provide constructive feedback to the student so that they get the most out of their work experience with you
  • Depending on the length of the opportunity, the adviser will keep in touch with you to check how things are going
  • If you host a paid placement, you will be expected to pay the student at least the minimum wage, and to cover any employers' costs such as national insurance contributions. You may then be eligible for a subsidy of 50% of the wages from the programme.

“The administration was excellent and communication was fantastic.”