The GO Wales (in Wales) and Step (in England) schemes are perhaps the two best known project-based placement programmes. Both provide help by liaising with employers and students to provide paid work placement opportunities.
As planned, the GO Wales project finished at the end of 2014. GO Wales hopes to make applications for European Structural Funding for a new phase of GO Wales in 2015. We will update this information as soon as decisions have been made.
Step operates UK-wide and is a well established placement programme that offers:-
Step Classic: the classic summer placement programme for undergraduates studying full time at UK Universities. Placements are generally in small businesses where you undertake a specific piece of work of real benefit to the host company. Placements are project-based summer placements for undergraduates, normally 8-12 weeks’ duration. Students are paid £210 per week training allowance which is free of tax and national insurance.
Graduate Step: paid Placements usually beginning as 8-12 week assignments, with many extended for up to a year. More and more candidates are actually offered permanent positions. Participants are supported throughout.
Step Into Industry: if you are looking for a year-long placement as part of your studies consider Step. Step has a growing number of opportunities for meaningful work and experience in a range of forward thinking businesses, both small and large. You will be supported throughout by either a member of the central team or one of our dedicated local partners, who source the opportunities, match suitable candidates and deal with all the admin.
Placements are available UK wide though opportunities in Wales are limited. They tend to be close to the Welsh border and administered from England.
To find out more about what Step has to offer and to view current opportunities visit