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GO Wales

We support students facing barriers to securing work experience.

We work with all kinds of employers in Wales to design opportunities to fit around you.

If you are an employer looking to offer work experience to a student, visit GO Wales for Employers


We work with you on a one-to-one basis, and will mentor you to find out the best option for your work experience opportunity. 

You will receive support from the employer and your adviser will keep in touch with you to check how things are going.

We are here to support you and help you grow in confidence and try new opportunities you wouldn't have otherwise considered.


We create 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 tasters - 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 placements - four to six weeks of work experience getting hands-on experience or working on a project.


We are funded through the European Social Fund, and this funding has eligibility criteria.

You must be a student under 25 years old, studying full time and answer yes to at least one of the following:

  • I have a disability or work-limiting health condition
  • I am from a Black and/or Minority Ethnic background (of non-white descent)
  • I have caring or child-care responsibilities
  • I have been in care
  • I'm estranged from my family
  • I’m from a low higher education participation neighbourhood.

To register your interest, visit our GO Wales checker

Student testimonials

Jake Inglis, Nuffield Health

'The GO Wales programme was possibly the most useful thing I‘ve done since being at university. I got a huge amount out of it. The objectives and preparation before the work experience allowed me to really make the most of my experience.'

Read Jake's blog post about his GO Wales experience: 
How GO Wales helped me: a student case study 

Alina, MW Phillips Pharmacy

'The GO Wales programme has helped me step into the next journey of my life.'

Alina learnt so much more than she expected at MW Phillips Pharmacy. 

Carys, UNA Exchange

“Something to add on your CV and for employers to think this person’s got experience.”

Carys found exactly what she was looking for at UNA Exchange.

Keira, Cardiff MADE

'It was really helpful finding a placement that was so suitable for me.'

Keira loved her work experience at Cardiff MADE.


Contact us

We are a friendly team, based within the Careers Service. We love our jobs and helping students to realise their potential.

If you would like more information email the team at gowales@cardiffmet.ac.uk or call 02920 416996. We would love to hear from you.

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