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Welsh graduate career opportunities receive boost via £7 million EU-backed scheme

Published: Tuesday, 02 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new £7.3 million EU-backed scheme will boost the career prospects of students originating from disadvantaged backgrounds in Wales.

The Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, announced the new GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience scheme that will create work experience opportunities for more than 2,000 students over the course of the next three years.

The new scheme will build on the previous GO Wales programme and students will have the opportunity to benefit from shadowing opportunities and work tasters at employers within their chosen fields, alongside paid work placements.

The EU has backed the scheme with £4.7 million and aims to improve the longer-term job prospects of students from disadvantaged backgrounds after they graduate.

Wide range of opportunities

Opportunities for work experience will be available in a wide range of sectors, including advanced manufacturing, professional services, ICT, life sciences, food and drink, financial and tourism.

Those able to benefit from the scheme include those with caring responsibilities or disabilities, black and minority ethnic and disadvantaged backgrounds.

More than 2,000 talented young people in Wales are set to benefit from opportunities to spend time with employers, enhance their CVS and also take the first steps into their future careers.

The Achieve through Work Experience programme will be fronted by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) in partnership with Welsh universities.

Aimed at those in need

According to Dr David Blaney, HEFCW Chief Executive, the EU funding is vital to being able to develop Achieve through Work Experience, a new scheme which sits under the umbrella of GO Wales.

As a result, HEFCW have the resources necessary to make sure that work experience is aimed at students who are in need of it most and who struggle to secure it. 

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