Go Wales

Go Wales

Do you need extra support in gaining work experience?

Are you aged under 25, in full-time education and have the legal right to live in the UK?

  • Do you need support with travel or childcare costs to carry out work experience?

  • Do you suffer from a mental/physical health condition? 

  • Do you have a disability or work-limiting health condition?

  • Do you have childcare/care responsibilities?

  • Were you in care before you came to University?

  • Are you from a black or minority ethnic group?

  • Are you from a low HE participation neighbourhood?

GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience is the name given to this Programme which is part-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government and operates pan-Wales. It is designed to support the employability of young students on higher education courses in Wales and is aimed at young students who have faced barriers in accessing higher education or work experience and are most at risk of not securing employment, education or training when leaving their higher education course. It is funded from 1 April 2016 to 31 January 2022.

The Programme is a partnership of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the universities in Wales (Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, Swansea University, The Open University in Wales, The University of South Wales, The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Wrexham Glyndŵr University). The Programme is managed by HEFCW which also acts as Lead Beneficiary. The Programme is delivered by the universities in Wales which are also joint beneficiaries to the Programme. HEFCW and the universities provide match funding for the Programme and some further match funding is provided by employers who take part in the Programme, with the majority of the funding coming from the ESF.

Eligibility for GO Wales

Information on eligibility for the GO Wales Achieve through Work Experience are available here.

  • Work shadowing - 1-3 days fitted around your studies e.g. One day a week or One an afternoon a week over 1 to 3 weeks.
  • Work taster - 4-20 days fitted around your studies e.g. one day a week over 5 weeks or 2 weeks in the summer.
  • Work placement - 4-6 weeks of paid work experience fitted around your studies usually in the summer.

One to one support from a mentor

  • We will support your specific needs to find suitable work experience.
  • We will find work experience around your academic year e.g. assignment deadlines

Find opportunities at your own pace at a time to suit you

  • We will find an employer that understands your particular needs
  • We will meet the employer with you to discuss the opportunity before it commences
  • We will support you during the work experience opportunity

Career support

  • We will support the development of a graduate level CV
  • We will support job applications including mock interviews and advice.