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What is the Venture Graduate Scheme?

The Venture Graduate Scheme aims to enhance productivity, innovation and economic growth by linking talented graduates with ambitious businesses in the Cardiff Capital Region. We do this by offering businesses a range of free services to overcome barriers to recruitment, including human resource support and region-wide marketing of their role, while graduates on the scheme get to participate in a coherent graduate scheme and complete a fully funded internationally recognised ILM qualification, improving employability skills and career prospects of our Venture Graduates.

Our aim is to ensure that the Cardiff Capital Region is an attractive destination for graduates to begin their careers, retaining talent within the region as well as enabling business growth through having a skilled and driven workforce.

And what’s more as part of our commitment to help you unleash your potential and realise your ambitions all Venture services are FREE!

See how it works

Access to the best available talent through our university partnerships and nationwide recruiting partners.

Provision of professional guidance and cutting-edge recruitment and assessment practices.

No unnecessary paperwork, no longwinded processes. We are easy to deal with and deploy process with pace.

Access to a global network of professional mentoring services through our partnership with Global Welsh.

Our Graduate Partners

By collaborating with our partners, we are able to provide our employers and graduates with additional benefits and support.

Lloyd Williams, Employability Development Manager at the University of South Wales talks to us about the proactive partnership role the 4 SE Wales Universities; Cardiff University, University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Open University have played in advising and supporting the Cardiff Capital Region Graduate programme to date and outlines the continued commitment to the partnership as the successful programme is being rebranded Venture Graduate and relaunched and repurposed to be able to scale up in response to increased demand.

Global Welsh

Global Welsh is a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to connect Wales to the Welsh diaspora – those with a connection to Wales scattered around the world. Through our partnership Global Welsh we are offering graduates and business owners a FREE 12-month Pathfinder or Pioneer membership of Global Welsh. This includes access to our global community platform, Connect and global mentoring programme, MyMentor.

Darogan Talent Cymru

Darogan Talent exists to support students and graduates to find great opportunities in Wales, and to promote Wales as a graduate destination. Through our website, we highlight opportunities on our job board, share news and advice about the world of work in Wales, and allow students and graduates to connect with one another through our members’ area. We work closely with CCR to promote the many graduate roles, in a variety of sectors, that they facilitate in the region, and have worked alongside them on events about Wales’s graduate economy. We look forward to continuing our close partnership to promote the best graduate opportunities Wales has to offer.


6 graduates placed in companies across Caerphilly


5 graduates placed in companies across Monmouthshire


9 graduates placed in companies across Newport


1 graduates placed in companies across Torfaen


1 graduates placed in companies across Merthyr Tydfil


7 graduates placed in companies across Rhondda Cynon Taf


4 graduates placed in companies across the Vale of Glamorgan


6 graduates placed in companies across Bridgend


61 graduates placed in companies across Cardiff

We have appointed 101 graduates across the Cardiff Capital Region

Venture Graduate works with a wide variety of businesses within the region, ranging from start-ups, Micro, SME and larger businesses, all keen to give our graduates an opportunity to start their careers and use their skills and knowledge to help their businesses grow. Several of the businesses including, Spire Renewables (Caerphilly), Mag Manager (Monmouthshire), Lovell (Cardiff) and Clifton Finance (Cardiff) are now hiring their second and third graduates through this scheme.


applications received to date


of internships made into permanent roles


new business contacts made within CCR


of graduates appointed to date are from local universities

Case Studies

Jake Thompson: Graduate Case Study

Alex Hopkins – MSc Human Resource Management