Author Archives: Sarah Namann

  1. Paid role: Job Growth Wales+ Research Advisory Group

    by Sarah Namann | 9th Jan 2023

    Get Paid to Share your Thoughts and Experiences on Education, Employment and Training

    Does this sound like you?

    -I am currently seeking employment and training, but I’m facing barriers and struggling to find something

    -I am currently involved with Job Growth Wales+

    -I don’t feel I can work because of my personal circumstances. I wish there were more opportunities tailored towards my needs

    -I am in work, education or training, but I previously experienced barriers and am passionate about helping other young people progress with their careers

    The opportunity 

    We are looking for young people aged 16-24 who live in Wales to become part of a Research Advisory Group.

    No previous experience is needed, but we are looking for a commitment and willingness to learn and participate in semi-regular online meetings. The panel will meet about 6-8 times over the next 18 months. We hope to meet for the first time at the end of February 2023. 

    To ensure that the research can help as many young people as possible, we would like to recruit a group of young people with a diverse range of experiences. We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who feel they have experienced barriers when seeking employment or training. 

    What’s in it for you?

    Being involved in a research advisory group is a great way to boost confidence, meet new people, and develop the skills that employers are looking for. 

    By getting involved, you’ll receive the National Living Wage (currently £10.9 per hour) or the equivalent amount in a voucher of your choice – whichever works best for you!

    Outside of these sessions, you’ll get support to:

    -Help you gain work experience in things like marketing, public speaking,  videography and social media

    -Think about your key skills to put on your CV

    -Connect you to other opportunities. 

    -This mentorship will be free to those in the research advisory group.

    What you will be asked to do 

    During the research process, you will be asked to participate in a variety of activities to help support the research. This may be getting involved in a focus group to provide us with your feedback and experiences or going undercover to see the process of accessing support from Jobs Growth Wales+. 


    Jobs Growth Wales+ is a Welsh Government initiative to help young people who aren’t in education, employment or training to access opportunities to progress in their careers. 

    It’s an exciting and ambitious programme that aims to help every eligible 16-18 year old with an offer of employment, training, voluntary work or self-employment.

    To ensure the programme is working, the Welsh Government has employed an independent evaluator called Wavehill. Their job is to have a look at the Jobs Growth Wales+ programme to see what’s been going well and what can be improved. 

    As a young person, you can support the  programme by sharing your experience of accessing education, employment and training and the struggles you may have faced doing so. 

    Expressing your interest

    If you’re interested in this opportunity, please complete the expression of interest by filling in this form

    Applications close at 9am on 10 February 2023. After you have submitted your expression of interest, we will get in touch with you to let you know the outcome. 

    If you are selected to be part of the research advisory group, we will arrange an informal chat about the role. These informal chats will be held the week commencing on the 13th of February; activities will start the following week.

    Support with your involvement

    If you need support with access to technology such as internet connection or devices, please let us know in the expression of interest form. This will not affect whether you are selected for the opportunity or not, but it will help us to make sure we have the best tools in place to help. 

    For more information, contact

  2. Free Course: Designing Digital Services

    by Sarah Namann | 16th May 2022

    We are running a free modular course for third sector organisations in Wales.

    The aim of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to design person-centred digital services and inspire them to take advantage of digital approaches to maximise social impact. During this course participants will:

    – Get the opportunity to solve a real-life challenge that their organisation is facing
    – Dedicate time and space to test out new ideas and approaches
    – Learn new things about their service users and their needs
    – Receive mentoring and guidance from digital experts
    – Learn how to develop digital services that are person-centred through using the Service Design methodology
    – Experiment with new digital tools
    – Gain access to digital tools and resources

    What’s the course format?

    The course consists of 2 parts. The first one is a webinar introducing the Service Design methodology and why it works for digital services. You can chose to only attend the first module, or if you have a service design project you complete the second part where we will support you in developing your digital service.

    Find out more

    Register here