The Latest in Skills and Talent across South East Wales

September has brought news of several exciting skills initiatives – from free coding bootcamps for adult learners at Coleg Gwent, to Welsh Water’s record number of graduate schemes now open for applications, organisations across the region continue to prioritise skills development to create and nurture local talent.

However, the news of gender equality charity Chwarae Teg’s sudden closure is a worrying sign for women across Wales – their pioneering work has made enormous contributions towards the fight for women’s equality, with the news of their closure leaving a void behind them.

Welsh Water Opens New Graduate Opportunities

Applications are now open for Welsh Water’s 2024 graduate schemes. Several roles in sectors such as management, finance, and mechanical engineering are now available in Cardiff and Newport.
As the only not-for-profit water company in England and Wales, Welsh Water is established as a Top Employer (Energy and Utilities) by the School Leavers Awards and were awarded Best
Apprenticeship Scheme from CIPD Wales – a testament to its ongoing commitment to early careers

Welsh Water is inviting a new intake of talent and rooting it within the region – ensuring graduate
talent is retained here in South East Wales. With a competitive starting salary and a structured training programme including six monthly placements, these graduate schemes are not to be

Coleg Gwent Launches a Free Coding Bootcamp

Coleg Gwent’s first Coding Bootcamp welcomed 16 adult learners to a 16-week, full time course in August, where upon completion, participants will be guaranteed an interview with a partner employer.

The Bootcamp is delivered virtually in partnership with the Code Institute, an EdTech organisation providing learners with software development courses specially designed for individuals looking to change careers. As the global demand for digital skills continues to grow – with 82% of all online vacancies now requiring digital skills – it’s crucial to develop a talent pipeline to match industry demands. The Bootcamp will provide a much-needed pathway for adult learners to enter the digital workforce across a diverse range of industries.

Expanding the Creative Cluster across Cardiff Capital Region

The University of South Wales (USW) is working with local authorities in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Newport to boost the region’s creative sector under the Creative Industries Cluster Hubs pilot, led by Cardiff University’s Centre for the Creative Economy. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the pilot aims to develop creative industries across the Cardiff Capital Region.

Plans yet to be finalised, but initiatives may include opening creative co-working spaces, supporting creative businesses, developing local skills, and investing in research and innovation. These projects will highlight the region’s thriving cultural scene, whilst connecting new creative talent with future opportunities in South East Wales.

Sonovate Win Big at FinTech Wales Awards 2023

This year’s FinTech Wales Awards saw a number of talented FinTech companies and individuals recognised for their contributions to the sector. In particular, Sonovate was shortlisted in three categories – FinTech Scale-Up of the Year, FinTech Exporter of the Year, and Best Growth Story of the Year – and won all three!

Sonovate have recently recruited through Venture Graduates in search of their next Graduate Customer Experience  Consultant. Following their recent success, it’s clear that Sonovate will only continue to expand into the fintech space, providing South East Wales with a number of talent opportunities to support their growth.

Chwarae Teg Announces Sudden Closure

Pioneering gender equality charity, Chwarae Teg, has announced its closure following a series of
funding challenges. The long-standing charity will be closing its doors next month, leaving behind a legacy of tireless campaigning to create a fairer Wales – building an inclusive and supportive environment for women to achieve their potential.

Chwarae Teg consistently supported women’s development in the workplace and challenged discriminatory practices and policies. Their February report specifically recognised several issues
women over 50 face at work – including the pension pay gap and a lack of understanding of
menopausal symptoms. The charity’s recent findings emphasise the continued need to campaign against gender discrimination, with the news of its closure creating uncertainty for the future of
women’s equality in Wales.

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