What is an IT Wales work placement?

IT Wales placementsIT Wales has been running the placement programme in partnership with Go Wales, throughout Wales, since 1993.  We offered students and graduates the chance to gain paid, project-based IT work experience across Wales. Our placements were proven to make candidates more employable. 65% of placements resulted in permanent or extended employment with the host company (Go Wales statistics 2011).

As planned, the current GO Wales project finished at the end of 2014 so we are winding down our activities. We hope to make applications for European Structural Funding for a new phase of GO Wales in 2015. We will make more information available when we are able to.


Who can take part in an IT Wales placement?

To participate in the IT Wales Placement scheme, you must have an address in Wales and either be studying at a higher education institution, or be a graduate wishing to develop your career in Wales.

If you are currently a student, you must be a citizen of an EU or EEA country (or Switzerland) and you have successfully completed your first year of study. Graduates living in Wales are also eligible, but citizens of non-EU / EAA countries are required to have been granted a Visa (which is not a student visa) that gives the right to stay in the UK, take up full time employment, and has at least 6 months remaining on the Visa.

For further information on eligibility.


The scheme was Funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union Social Fund.

What does an IT Wales placement involve?

  • Students and graduates are employed by local large and small companies.
  • Placements last between 6-10 weeks and are IT / computing project based.
  • Placements are paid at a minimum of £250 per week.
  • You get excellent quality work experience to add to your CV.
  • It provides an opportunity to also develop non-technical skills that graduate recruiters are looking for.
  • Many placements lead to further work with the hosting company. (65% of placements resulted in permanent or extended employment with the host company). 
  • You complete a work-based qualification to develop your business and personal skills.