Would you like to benefit from work experience with a wide range of employers in Wales?

Employers put work experience at the top of their wish list when they recruit graduates, but not everyone finds it easy to get the work experience they need...

The GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience Programme aims to help you develop your employability skills and improve your chances of obtaining sustainable, graduate level employment when you leave university.

You will have the one-to-one support of an adviser who will work with you to explore the best options for work experience opportunities. The opportunities are completely tailored to you: your adviser will arrange work experience, which fits around your life, studies and other commitments and provides you with an opportunity to improve your skills and to gain real life experience of work.

If you are interested in joining the Programme please contact us

What type of work experience could I do?

The work experience, with all kinds of employers, can be:

'Meet the Professional' A short meeting with someone employed in a role and / or sector of your interest to find out more about their role, career path and the skills needed for that role.

Work shadowing Up to three days of unpaid work experience observing someone in their role to understand how they do their job.

Work taster Up to four weeks of unpaid work experience getting some hands-on experience or working on a small project.

Work placement Four to six weeks of paid work experience getting hands-on experience or working on a project.

The work experience can be in-person, virtual, or blended, depending on your needs and circumstances and those of the host employer.

"I feel the importance of the programme cannot be overstated; it has enabled me to successfully improve my confidence and skills, which has helped me land my first job."
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You may be able to get help with travel costs, support costs and childcare costs so that doing work experience is an affordable option for you.

Most students will undertake unpaid work experience, as not all host organisations are in a position to offer paid placements.

The work experience can be spread out over time (a few hours or a day a week for an agreed period) or in a block (a week or more in vacation period).

If you are interested in joining the programme, please contact us.

We have arranged over 1,900 opportunities with all kinds of employers in Wales

How would the programme support me?

Your university GO Wales adviser will support and mentor you throughout your time on the programme: they will help you to decide on the work experience; help you to prepare for it and learn from it; and support you to decide on your next steps, helping you to grow in confidence along the way.

After your work experience opportunity, your adviser will help you to measure your progress towards 'maximum employability'. You could remain on the programme and undertake more than one opportunity as required until you and your adviser agree that you are ready to exit.

If you are interested in joining the programme, please contact us.

"The support received from my adviser was excellent. She provided me with outstanding assistance throughtout the process."

Am I eligible for the GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience programme?

As the aim of the programme is to level the playing field, our support is targeted at those who may be facing barriers to work experience.

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To take part in the GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience Programme you must:

  • Be under 25 years of age at point of entry onto the Programme;
  • and
  • Be in full time education studying a HE course at an institution in Wales;
  • and
  • Have the legal right to live in the UK for the period of support from the project i.e. whilst a HE student

You will have to provide evidence that you meet the above three eligibility criteria in order to participate in the Programme. Examples of the evidence are here.

And fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • From a Black and/or Minority Ethnic background - excluding White minorities, but including Gypsy or Irish Travellers
  • Have a work limiting health condition
  • Have a disability
  • Have childcare/care responsibilities
  • Be a care leaver
  • Be estranged from your family
  • Be from a low HE participation neighbourhood. This means that you must be from a ward which is classed in the bottom two quintiles of university participation. Enter your home postcode (not your student address if it is different to your home address) on the Office for Students website to check https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/young-participation-by-postcode/. If your postcode returns a 1 or 2 in ‘POLAR 4 Young participation quintile’ you are from a low participation neighbourhood.
You will have to provide evidence that you meet some of these eligibility criteria. Examples of the evidence we will require are here.

And be assessed as likely to benefit from the programme by a programme adviser.

“The programme helped me feel comfortable with entering a working environment.”