The Bevan Foundation is the latest organisation to back Jobs Growth Wales – the Welsh Government’s job creation scheme for young people.
After accessing funding last year, they created a research
position through the third sector strand of the programme which is
managed by WCVA.
Local graduate Cath Davies, 23, from Merthyr, was appointed to
the role which she describes as the perfect introduction into the
She said: 'I've always wanted to work for a charity - that's
been my goal since before I started University because it's such a
rewarding area of work.
'It's been incredible that things have come together so well.
Not only in terms of working for such a well respected
organisation, but also for the job to be based in my home
Reflecting on the time she spent job-hunting after leaving
University, Cath points to a lack of experience being the crucial
factor in preventing young people get a foothold on the employment
'I worked part-time as a cleaner after graduating and ended up
doing that for four months before I got this job with the Bevan
'I was applying for jobs every week but the problem was always
that I had no real experience. It got incredibly daunting because
there's so much competition for jobs at the moment and I realised
there would be people applying for the same jobs with experience to
'The novelty of having no commitments after leaving education
wore off very quickly and it was pretty soul destroying after a
while. I was quite lucky because I still live at home, but I know
people in different circumstances are finding it very tough.
'University doesn't completely prepare you for the world of
work, so I've learnt a huge amount since I started this job - in
particular my communication skills - and I'd like to think I've
become a bit more organised too!
'Because it's a small organisation, I'm getting a range of
experience and doing something different every week. It's also
really opened my eyes to current affairs in Wales and issues that
are affecting people and communities.
'As well as the research side of things, I've developed an
interest in working on our membership, fundraising and how we put
our message across.
'Getting into work has also improved my lifestyle considerably,
allowed me to start thinking about the future with a bit more
clarity and it's helped me pay off my overdraft which was a big
'I'm a lot more positive about my prospects now because I know
I'm gaining very valuable experience and skills here.'
Director at the Bevan Foundation, Victoria Winckler, added her
support of the programme: 'Jobs Growth Wales has been absolutely
fantastic. We would have struggled to recruit and develop Cath
without it because we're a small organisation and earn our income
as a social enterprise in much the same way as a small
'So it's been good for us and good for Cath. It was also lovely
to be able to offer the role to somebody from Merthyr. We actually
had applications from far afield but I'm delighted that the role is
helping an area with especially high unemployment and where there
aren't many graduate opportunities either.
'We're really pleased, and not only has the job given Cath a
range of skills to develop, it's also given us an insight into what
young unemployed people can bring.'
Employability Programmes Manager at WCVA, Gail Dervish, added:
'The third sector strand of Jobs Growth Wales is creating jobs in
areas of Wales that often suffer from a lack of opportunity.
'It's excellent news that organisations like the Bevan
Foundation are accessing funding and bringing real diversity and
quality to the programme.'