Cardiff Met’s Careers Service will partner with Welsh Government again to deliver part of the work experience opportunities outlined in the recently announced GO Wales: Achieve Through Work Experience programme.
The University aims to work with 174 current Cardiff Met students during the three year programme to support them in accessing work experience through the £4.7m EU-backed scheme aimed at boosting the career prospects of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science has announced plans to create work experience opportunities for over 2,000 students over the next three years and Cardiff Met plays a key part in this outline.
Building on the experience of the previous GO Wales programme, students will benefit from work tasters and shadowing opportunities at employers in their chosen fields, as well as paid work placements.
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds, with disabilities or caring responsibilities, and from black and minority ethnic backgrounds will benefit from the scheme, which focuses on the longer-term job prospects of university students with work experience opportunities being created in key sectors including advanced manufacturing, financial and professional services, life sciences, ICT, tourism and the food and drinks sector.
Students’ personal and professional development can also be enhanced through work experience.
Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James said: “Access to EU funds is helping us invest in fantastic opportunities for young people to improve their prospects, and this scheme is an excellent example.
“Over 2,000 talented young people in Wales will benefit from opportunities to spend time with employers, strengthen their CVs, and take the first steps in their future careers.
“This is yet another example of why it is so important we get a guarantee from the UK Government that every penny of EU funding to Wales is safe as a result of the impending exit from the EU.”
The Achieve through Work Experience scheme will be led by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) in partnership with Welsh universities.
HEFCW Chief Executive, Dr David Blaney said: “Thanks to EU funding we have been able to develop Achieve through Work Experience, an exciting new scheme under the umbrella of GO Wales.
“We can make sure that work experience is targeted at students who need it most and find it most difficult to secure. As with the previous GO Wales scheme, I look forward to hearing the success stories of the students who will benefit over the coming years.”
Cardiff Met has its own dedicated Go Wales advisers who will work closely with students and employers to realise the potential and positive contribution that students and graduates can make to businesses, especially small businesses, through part-time work and periods of work experience.
Nigel Davies from Cardiff Met’s Career Development Services added: “Cardiff Met (previously UWIC) has been a GO Wales Partner for a number of years and with the last programme running here from Jan 2009 to Dec 2014 when EU Funding came to an end.
“We are now back in business thanks to the new funding and are one of the first universities to have Project Advisers in place, who are excited by the possibilities for the new project and thrilled to be part of it.
“I have been involved with GO Wales and previous EU-funded programmes since 1998 and the positive benefits for Cardiff Met students, graduates and businesses have been considerable.
“Our Achieve through Work Experience Advisers have already begun working with a range of colleagues across Cardiff Met including Personal Tutors, Programme Staff, Student Services and Student Union and Marketing, to enable students to access the project."
For further details, see: www.gowales.co.uk. Alternatively contact the Cardiff Met team on 029 2041 6133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.