Are you a young student on a Higher Education course in Wales facing barriers in securing work experience?

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...

We are creating tailored, flexible work experience for students, which includes:

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

Work taster Up to four weeks of unpaid work experience where you have 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 you get hands-on experience or work on a project.

"I want a chance to improve my work related skills and to show an employer what I am made of"

If you are eligible for the Programme, you will get help to develop and refine your employability skills through work experience. These skills will help you secure employment, further training or education when you leave your course. We expect that most students will start with work shadowing or a work taster, with some progressing to a paid placement. This will depend on the type of work experience needed, with not all host organisations being in a position to offer paid placements.

The ethos of the Programme is to help those facing barriers to gain Work Experience. The Programme can help make this possible by offering some financial support including travel expenses, reasonable adjustments in the workplace and care/childcare costs.

How does the Programme work?

Before your work experience

You will meet with an adviser who will check your eligibility and suitability for the Programme and will help you to identify what kind of work experience could be helpful. They will make every effort to find appropriate work experience for you and will discuss what might be available.

The work experience - with any type of organisation in Wales - will be flexible to meet your needs. The adviser can look for experience that is spread out over time (for a few hours or a day a week for an agreed period) or in a block (a week or more in a vacation period). The important thing is that the experience meets your needs and that the host organisation is happy with the arrangements.

Once your work experience has been secured, your adviser will help you to plan for it so that you get the most from the experience.

You are at the centre of this Programme. Your University adviser will work and support you, taking your needs into account at all times.
During the work experience

You will receive support from the employer whilst on your work experience so that you get the most out of the opportunity. Your adviser will keep in touch with you to check how things are going.

After the work experience

Your adviser will meet with you after your work experience to help you reflect on and learn from the experience, and to plan your next steps. After each work experience opportunity, your adviser will help you to measure your progress towards 'maximum employability' so that over time you are equipped to secure employment, further training or education when you leave your course.

If you are interested in joining the Programme please contact us