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GO Wales celebrates helping 6,500 graduates in search for employment over the last 10 years

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13 May 2013

A government-backed scheme which has helped almost 6,500 graduates in their search for graduate employment has celebrated its 10 year anniversary at Glyndŵr University.

Graduate placement provider GO Wales has worked with 646 businesses on placing students into 573 posts across Wales in the last four years alone (2009-13).

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.

A handful of businesses and students who have benefited from the scheme were present at Glyndŵr University’s Centre for the Creative Industries to collect awards.

Glyndŵr University coordinates GO Wales placements in the north Wales region.

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: “In one of my first posts with the Welsh Government I worked extensively with GO Wales and I am delighted that it has now been running for 10 years – and helping so many people along the way.

“The Welsh Government is very proud of the GO Wales programme and it’s very apt that we’ve been able to celebrate this milestone at Glyndŵr University, a community university which prides itself on its links with employers and has an outstanding employability rate for its graduates.”

From an industry perspective GO Wales is a connection to new talent especially to smaller Welsh businesses. Waterco, based in Ruthin, 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.”

GO Wales marketing manager, Alysha Morgan, said: “Leaving university will always be a challenging time. 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.”

For more information about GO Wales visit www.gowales.co.uk

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