Work Experience

Benefits of Work Experience

Employability and Opportunities

The Coleg arranges Welsh medium work experience for each student in receipt of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Main Scholarship or Incentive Scholarship.

It is a requirement that those who are awarded a scholarship undertake 10 days of work experience before the end of their studies at university.

The Coleg has extensive databases of employers and organisations who are prepared to offer the Coleg’s scholarship holders work experience placements in Wales and beyond. For instance, some students carried out their work experience at Tŷ Cymru in Brussels and with a Welsh-speaking barrister in London.A number of these placements led to paid work over the summer or more extensive periods of work experience so this is a perfect opportunity to make a good impression on an employer.

Benefits of Work Experience

After graduating, students who have completed a period of work experience receive a salary 20% higher, on average, than those students who do not, and they are also much more likely to get a job after graduating.[1]

 The work experience scheme:

  • improves employability
  • looks good on the CV
  • develops transferable skills, e.g. self-management, team-working, communication, problem solving, IT and numeracy
  • develops valuable contacts for the future
  • makes a good impression on potential employersis
  • an opportunity to explore career choices and make career-based decisions
  • is an opportunity to follow and realise personal ambitionsis
  • an opportunity to learn more about the world of business and customers 

[1] Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Learning from Futuretrack: The Impact of Work Experiences on HE Student Outcomes, October 2013 

Support

The Coleg’s work placement officers arrange the placements for students. Our officers have contacts with over 100 employers and they arrange placements in consultation with each individual student.

Our officers contact all (main/incentive) scholarship recipients during the second year of their degree in order to hold a placement consultation and to invite them to a work experience workshop.

The workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the scheme and the available opportunities. During the workshop, employability experts will offer advice on the importance of an effective CV and how to succeed in the world of work.

 

Applying for work experience

Officers will ensure that each student receives a ‘Work Experience Application Form’. Once the student has completed and returned the form, the student and work experience officer will go through a process of consultation in order to arrange a placement that matches the interests and aspirations of the student. Arrangements will be put in place once suitable dates have been discussed (usually over the summer recess between the second and third year).