Cardiff Metropolitan University has hosted a partnership event to highlight Cardiff School of Management's key working relationships with both the business community and public and voluntary sectors.
With a focus on the University's hugely successful work placement programme, four students who have recently completed year-long placements spoke to an invited audience of key stakeholders about their experiences working within high profile organisations.
The partnership programme involves prominent businesses such as The Royal Mint, Enterprise Car Rental and Cardiff and Vale Credit Union with various overseas opportunities also available to students.
Cardiff Met currently boasts the largest work placement programme of its kind in Wales with over three thousand students placed since it launched 2008 and over 1,500 businesses signed up to the current South East Wales database.
Opening the event, University Work Based Learning Co-Ordinator, David Lloyd, highlighted statistics illustrating that at any one time 350, 000 graduates are seeking employment in what is a very competitive market. Currently the graduate job to applicant ratio is 39 applications for every job, which is why the work experience offered with Cardiff Met's programme is so invaluable to graduates.
Keynote speaker Phil Davies, Managing Director of Hospital Innovations, said: "Internships of this nature are extremely beneficial in the transition from the student world into the real, working world".
"Employers have a social responsibility and by taking on students for work placements they fulfil that responsibility".
"Hospital Innovations are proud to say they have taken on nine interns in the last four years and remember them all fondly. One of the previous interns graduated in pharmacy and has even gone on to set up a business in India."
Leanne Herberg, Chief Executive Cardiff and Vale Credit Union added:
"The partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University and the business organisations helps us support our local community and economy.
"Not only does it give employers the potential to identify new talents to nurture and therefore lead to possible recruitment opportunities, but it also raises the employer's profile."