Speakers for Schools
Wales

Careers Wales

Levelling the playing field for the young people of Wales

We’re here to help young people get the best start to their career journey

Speakers for Schools works with schools, colleges and employers from throughout Wales and the rest of the UK to provide:

  • Industry insights from leading professionals from every sector
  • Free high-quality immersive work experience
  • Free advice on the post-16 pathways available to young people

We are delighted to announce that we are an official partner of Careers Wales. Our partnership will make it easier for state secondary schools in Wales to access the support they need.

Our reach and impact in Wales:

young people

145,394

young people from Wales in potential reach 

84

schools and colleges in Wales registered with our charity  

10

employers from Wales registered with our charity

45, 012

work experience placements available to young people in Wales during the academic year 20-21

Discover how we can help you…

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I'm an Employer

How can you help me?

HOST ONLINE WORK EXPERIENCE

Engage with young people from state secondary schools and colleges across Wales and the rest of the UK by hosting VWEX placements.

  • Delivered in partnership with Careers Wales
  • Delivers against your ESG, CSR and DEI targets
  • Offers full safeguarding
  • 4 service levels are available
  • 2 different varieties of VWEX are available
  • Easy to implement and fully scalable
  • Out-of-hours customer support available

Find out more about our partnership with Careers Wales.

Information for employers

Gwybodaeth i gyflogwyr

BUILD YOUR BRAND AND SOCIAL IMPACT

If your organisation can offer discounts on youth-friendly products and services, OR developmental and/or training opportunities like work experience, Youth Card offers the perfect platform to extend your reach to the youth demographic while also supporting social mobility.

Licensed by the European Youth Card Association, Youth Card is a free mobile app launched by Speakers for Schools together with leading youth charities UK Youth and Young Enterprise that enables young people in Wales, Northern Ireland and England to access support in a way never previously possible.

Becoming a Youth Card partner offers the following benefits:

  • Raises awareness of your brand among 11-25-year-olds
  • Increases your organisation’s social impact
  • Improves outcomes for young people in Wales, Northern Ireland and England
  • Enables targeting by age or geographical location
  • Offers enhanced levels of support for young people with the highest need
  • Draws on the expertise and networks of 3 leading youth charities
  • Improves your organisation’s early talent outreach
  • No cost to your organisation for using Youth Card platform
  • User-friendly CMS makes it easy to list and manage opportunities
  • Reporting functionality allows you to monitor the impact

OUR GROWING NETWORK OF EMPLOYERS IN WALES

OFFER ONLINE WORK EXPERIENCE TO YOUR STUDENTS

Help your students start their career journey and connect with employers through our immersive free VWEX.

  • Delivered in partnership with Careers Wales
  • Offer opportunities with local, national and UK-wide employers
  • Offers full safeguarding
  • 2 different varieties of VWEX available
  • Easy to implement and fully scalable
  • No cost to your school or to your parents

Find out more about our partnership with Careers Wales.

Information for schools

Gwybodaeth i Ysgolion

INSPIRE YOUR STUDENTS TO AIM HIGHER

Access talks by hundreds of societal leaders and high-profile professionals to encourage your students to start aiming higher.

Help your students:

  • Listen to talks from expert speakers from the world of business, politics, entertainment, sport and more
  • Hear career insights from leaders in every industry
  • Pick up tips on what it takes to get started
  • Find out what it takes to succeed
  • Invite speakers to give Vtalks to your students
  • Invite our eminent guest speakers to address students at your school in a privately hosted talk. 

I'm an Educator

How can you help me?

I'm a Young Person

How can you help me?

APPLY FOR ONLINE WORK EXPERIENCE

Try different jobs in real life through free VWEX so you can find the best fit for you.

  • Experience the world of work first-hand
  • Work with employers from Wales and across the UK
  • Gain an insight into different roles across a wide range of industries
  • Find out about the various career paths available
  • Build on your skills and improve your self-confidence
  • Get evidence of extra-curricular activities for your personal statement or CV
  • Meet senior professionals from leading UK organisations
  • Expand your network to include potential employers

GET INSPIRED TO AIM HIGHER

Listen to inspiring talks from hundreds of societal leaders and high-profile professionals and start aiming higher.

  • Free access to talks from expert speakers from the world of business, politics, entertainment, sport and more
  • Get career insights from leaders in every industry
  • Pick up tips on what it takes to get started
  • Find out what it takes to succeed

GET THE HELP YOU NEED TO GET AHEAD

Access a huge range of life-changing opportunities delivered direct to your phone with our free Youth Card mobile app.

  • Apply for free work experience and insight days with leading UK companies
  • Watch inspiring talks from high-profile guest speakers from a wide range of industries
  • Take part in skill-building workshops and activities to boost your CV and confidence
  • Find a mentor to support your development
  • Join local youth clubs to make friends and develop new hobbies and interests
  • Discover apprenticeships and early career roles with a wide range of employers
  • Access exclusive discounts and money-saving deals

Download the app today

Get in touch

Whether you are a young person, an employer or an educator, our friendly Wales team can support you.

Meet Julie, who leads your on-the-ground team in Wales.

To reach Julie by email Wales@speakersforschools.org

Get in touch

Julie Timothy

Our Testimonials

``Circle engaged with speakers for schools not knowing what to expect. The whole experience was utterly rewarding and the team at Speakers for schools worked alongside us to support the sessions we ran, so we felt looked after and supported in every way. The experience was fantastic and we were able to reach students virtually across the country to give them insights into careers in IT. We are really pleased to be supporting such a great initiative and to be able to support skills gaps in IT by engaging students in our business. Thanks to the team, we can’t wait to work with you again in the future.``
Jennifer Griffiths, Head of Human Resources, Circle
``Our VWEX started out with small intentions but soon grew into a full day with extensive advice and guidance from Speakers for Schools. We at Pineshield began this journey as a way of giving back to the community and building our social value. We were fortunate enough to be able to extend our offer outside of our local area through the benefits of the platform, and as a result we were able to share our insight much further afield.``
Dean Morgan, Associate Director of Business Development, Pineshield Health and Social Care Services
``The impact of the pandemic led ONS to find other ways of providing work experience for students during lockdown. Speakers for Schools helped us to do that. Attendees were engaged, interested and grateful for the relevant work experience opportunity.We look forward to growing our interactions with young people online and in person.``
Terry Cook, Head of Shared Business Services & Paula Bartlett, Entry Talent Co-ordinator, ONS