GO Wales Reflects After 10 Years
This year sees one of Wales’ prominent graduate placement providers celebrate its tenth anniversary. To help mark this milestone, GO Wales; Wales’ flagship graduate employability project, has contacted some of the 6,500 who have benefited from paid Work Placements with local businesses up and down the country to find out how they are getting on.
In the 10 years since its inception, GO Wales; a project funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund, has been the link between employment and personal development for numerous graduates looking for their big break in the world of work. The project supports the development and retention of graduates’ high level skills, knowledge and innovative potential in businesses in Wales, particularly small and medium sized businesses.
“Leaving university will always be a challenging time, said GO Wales Marketing Manager, Alysha Morgan. GO Wales is the middle man in the process helping local businesses source smart, efficient and enthusiastic graduates who are keen to show their potential in their dream job.”
“The current financial climate means it is harder for experienced professionals themselves to get a job, let alone graduates, so it is imperative that they build up a skill base to put university theory into real working practice. GO Wales is here to ensure that this process runs as smoothly as possible.”
Becky Holmes, a Cardiff University Physics graduate applied for a GO Wales placement in 2006 with Science Made Simple in Cardiff. Initially taken on as a Touring Presenter, Becky was responsible for promoting science and technology to students and adults alike throughout Ireland, Wales and even Singapore.
Becky impressed the team so much at Science Made Simple she was kept on and now works as part of the Senior Management team. Heading up the training for all Cardiff staff, Becky loves her job and cannot thank GO Wales enough for the opportunity.
“GO Wales were fantastic helping provide a relevant placement that I was able to develop into. Ironically, I am now in a position to hire graduates and I have no hesitation in going back to GO Wales to source a candidate. I wish them all the best in their celebrations for their tenth anniversary,” said Becky.
Since GO Wales started offering Work Placements opportunities ten years ago the project has gone on to develop an additional range of services helping thousands of graduates and students to make the best start to their careers in Wales. Four thousand individuals have benefited from work experience opportunities through Work Tasters which aim to give individuals a snapshot of a particular industry or career path and almost 800 graduates will have taken part in training academies by the end of next year to help them become more employable and enterprising.
From an industry perspective GO Wales is a connection to new talent especially to smaller Welsh businesses. Waterco, based in Ruthin, North Wales is a Water Engineering company.
“Being a small consultancy we do not have the resources or budget to promote ourselves to university or relevant industry press, said Peter Jones, Managing Director at Waterco. GO Wales has helped to manage this process efficiently and with an expert knowledge of what works well to ensure that we attract the best talent possible for the business.”
GO Wales has helped to place several graduates within the business and Waterco are looking to them to provide the next batch of recruits over the next few years too.
In addition to showcasing profiles of graduates and businesses that have benefited from its services, GO Wales is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a number of regional events to recognise achievements of the businesses, graduates and students that have taken part in the project.
For further information visit http://www.gowales.co.uk/