EY employs 144,000 people, in 700 locations across 140 countries around the world. They work with clients on advisory, assurance, corporate finance and tax to help them realise their potential in their organisations. Some of the biggest and best-known names in business and industry come to them for advice. They have graduate opportunities available across the UK and if you’re an undergraduate, by joining one of their elite FastTracks programmes you can achieve your potential faster. Discover from the inside what life is like at one of the world’s leading professional services firms. Develop your strengths, and get on track to secure a graduate job before your final year at university.
Cardiff Council is the governing body for Cardiff, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. Cardiff Council is the largest employer in Wales. They offer a wide range of career opportunities and their workforce is as varied and diverse as the city itself. For information on the diverse range of careers available please visit their recruitment pages.
As a top 30 FTSE 100 company with over 25 million customer accounts, a £22 billion turnover and more than 34,000 employees, Centrica is the parent company for a range of global brands. British Gas and Direct Energy supply power and related services in the UK and North America respectively; Direct Energy and Centrica Energy in the UK manage power generation, gas and oil production and trading operations to ensure day-to-day demand is met, and Centrica Storage is the largest gas storage facility in the UK. Graduates could be getting involved in any area of the energy lifecycle – from exploration and production with Centrica Energy, to front-line customer service management at British Gas – although the exact role will depend on which of the schemes they join. The graduate programme has been designed to offer a broad grounding in the business; those who are ambitious and commercially savvy have an outstanding opportunity to be a future business leader in this diverse organisation.
Champions Life Academy
Champions Life Academy - winner of the National Council for Work Experience’s “Work Placement of the Year for companies under 10 people” and OVERALL WINNER of the event. Champions’ award winning work experience programme develops students for their graduate careers through its unique vacation work experience programmes, open to students from all years and degree disciplines.
Endsleigh Insurance - Established by students for students, Endsleigh Insurance was created by the NUS in 1965 to negotiate preferential insurance rates for students. From this start they are now a part of Zurich Financial Service. Their unrivalled understanding of insurance starts with undergraduates, for whom they use specialist knowledge to design exclusive schemes and deliver the products and services needed. It’s how they’ve managed to consistently provide appropriate, value for money policies, why they’re recommended by many student unions and it’s what makes them unique: they offer a full customer lifecycle service through product design, issue, change, claim and renewal with a broad choice of leading insurers. All of these things make them a unique as a place to work. They offer a great graduate programme and their You’ve Got Skills self audit tool is a useful resource that helps you identify the skills you’ve developed through extra-curricular activities and part time work.
Enterprise-Rent-a-Car offers award winning opportunities for students and graduates. They believe in empowering people to make the decisions that will affect their work and their career. This philosophy, along with their unyielding commitment to customers, is what has made Enterprise a genuine success story and a truly special place to work.
Stratum is the only Microsoft Gold Learning Partner in Wales (one of only six in the UK) and the region’s leading provider of computer training, project management training, and service management training. e-Academy has been providing training to organisations in Cardiff, Newport, Bristol and South Wales for almost a decade.
Innovate Trust originates from a student volunteer project at Cardiff University. Innovate Trust provides support and guidance to disabled people. Our most well known pioneering work was the development of the first Supported Living house in the UK for individuals with a learning disability. Currently our main work is supporting people with learning disabilities in a variety of settings, but we also support individuals with mental health issues and people with physical impairments. In addition to this we provide support to elderly, young, disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the local community through our Student Volunteer projects still based at Cardiff University.
Petersens are a highly successful boutique PR and marketing agency based in Cardiff. Huge supporters of work experience, they regularly offer work experience through the GO Wales Work Taster programme and have been runners up in the NCWE work experience awards for the past 2 years!
Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. Youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year. The Prince’s Trust addresses this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most. We help develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
Rate My Placement
Rate My Placement firmly believes in work experience and the development of students through extra curricular activities. The organisation advertises internships and placements, allows students to write reviews on their own experiences, and provides a wealth of career related information as well as producing first class publications. They also offer work experience both on and off campus.
Teach First are a Times Top 100 Employer and have charity status. They recruit large numbers of students and graduates every year. Their mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields. Their culture gives them the best chance to achieve their goal of breaking the link between family income and educational opportunity.
Thales – the company that is behind some of the most exciting technological innovations is also behind some of the most exciting engineering and business careers for graduates. Did you know that Thales’s secure network communications expertise is behind 3.7 billion secure electronic financial transactions (BACS) each year? Or that we’re a leader in onboard equipment for civil and military aircraft? Or that every time you take a train journey, we’re behind the technology that helps you arrive safely at your destination? Organisations across aerospace, defence, security and transport trust Thales UK and our 7,500 people to deliver. Now we’re looking for up to 130 talented graduates to join us in engineering or business management – graduates looking for real responsibility from the outset, exposure to leading-edge projects and support to gain professional qualification. If you’re ready to join a world leader in technology, we’re ready to hear from you.
Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru
Welsh Water is owned by Glas Cymru a single purpose company with no shareholders and is run solely for the benefit of customers. Welsh Water is the sixth largest of the ten regulated water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. Responsible for providing over three million people with a continuous, high quality supply of drinking water and for taking away, treating and properly disposing of the wastewater that is produced, Welsh Water are fully committed to delivering best quality service at least possible cost. Their vision is to be recognised by their customers as the best water company in the UK. Based in South Wales they offer a diversity of exciting careers and opportunities, across the business in a stimulating environment, with rewards and benefits that rival many within the industry.
Aimee Bateman, Founder/Host of Careercake.com
‘Aimee is incredibly knowledgeable and fantastic to watch’ – former Dragon and recruitment entrepreneur, James Caan
Since graduating Aimee has spent ten years working for some of the largest recruitment companies including Hays Plc, Red Recruitment and Robert Half International. In 2011 Aimee set up her own consultancy and her award winning careers website Careercake.com. Talent and Innovation winner at the 2013 Institute of Director Awards, her success has seen her front a number of TV programmes recently as ‘the recruitment expert’ including:
Aimee has been quoted in The Independent, Observer, Glamour and writes careers articles for The Guardian, Totaljobs.com, Jobsite.co.uk and The Undercover Recruiter. Most recently, she has teamed up with Webrecruit (previously chaired by James Caan) to host the monthly ‘LIVE’ careers Q&A web show. Aimee answers careers questions from job seekers on twitter/facebook through this interactive show. CareerCamLive is increasing in viewing numbers, has been featured in The Huffington Post and Jobs and Career Magazine.
In addition, Aimee is the official Careers Coach for AAT (The UK’s leading qualification and membership body for accounting staff) and hosts their fortnightly video Q&A as well as various conferences and seminars held for their UK members. In a nutshell, Aimee is a successful speaker, business ambassador and recognised employment expert.