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Find top industry talent with our free graduate recruitment scheme

Get free access to our expert skill set for recruiting high-skilled graduates who can assist with the demand for new skills in engineering, 3D printing, technical design and more.

Helping companies recruit within the manufacturing sector

Over recent weeks many manufacturers have stepped up to the plate with impressive speed and agility. Companies that had never before made medical equipment have pulled together their design teams, worked out designs, had them approved, made the tools they needed and reorganised their production lines. It is likely this will result in a resurgence of manufacturing companies as many continue with their diversified lines.

Have you diversified what you produce and deliver? Have you been awarded any new contracts? We can find the best talent for your recruitment needs: mechanical engineers, supply chain, designers as well as skills across the full spectrum of organisational requirements.

What is the Graduate Scheme?

The Cardiff Capital Region Graduate Scheme aims to enhance productivity, innovation and economic growth by linking talented graduates with ambitious businesses in the ten local authorities within the Cardiff Capital Region. The Graduate Scheme offers businesses the following FREE services:

  • We can directly match your role with highly-skilled graduate talent in the region
  • We can operate a quick turnaround to respond to your needs (between 2-4 weeks)
  • We can undertake the entire recruitment process remotely: advertising, shortlisting, assessment and interviewing*
  • Candidates are asked to provide CVs as part of streamlined process
  • We have worked with businesses across the region to provide roles in engineering, laboratories, marketing, HR, finance, IT and business development. Average salary £18k – £25k.
  • A fully-funded qualification for graduates to support and complement their professional skills development in the workplace.

* interview to be undertaken by employer.

local university partnerships: Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan, Open University & University of South Wales.
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of Employers would recommend the CCR Graduate Scheme to other organisations or businesses.

Why use us to fill your graduate roles?

Flexibility to suit you

Our approach to the recruitment process is flexible, adaptable and entirely tailored to the needs of your business. We provide expert advice and consider when you would like to recruit, what type of graduate you are looking for, role duration, how you would like to shape the assessment process and your involvement.

Cultural fit

We work hard to understand your business culture and operating dynamics so we can ensure we put forward candidates that will provide a good cultural fit. Personality and mind-set have equal value to technical skills and expertise. We can find you the right candidate with the suitable attributes and values you’re looking for.

Profile raising within the Cardiff Capital Region

We offer marketing and PR opportunities (testimonials, website case studies, industry feature articles and CCR graduate features.) to raise your business profile and awareness within the Cardiff Capital Region.

Partnership with local authority partners & business support

Our scheme has the full support of our Economic and Regional Development teams within the 10 local authorities and key business support organisations (Business Wales, SW Chamber of Commerce, FSB, CCR Skills Partnership) which means we can maximise the support we provide to you and secure additional coverage for your opportunities.

Partnership with higher education

We are officially partnered with the four universities in the Cardiff Capital Region (The University of South Wales / Cardiff Metropolitan University / Cardiff University / The Open University in Wales) who support and champion the scheme and give us unrivalled access to their high-calibre graduates.

Receive expert business mentoring

Personal and professional development isn’t just for graduates. We work with Global Welsh to partner growing and aspiring businesses with experienced mentors around the world who want to provide their expertise and advice to help businesses grow/ succeed. We will make this “MyMentor” facility available FREE for 12 months to all businesses who appoint a graduate.

Who we work with

We work with a variety of businesses and sectors across the region, right from micro SMEs to large multinationals.


Register your interest

Please contact laura.carter@cardiff.gov.uk / geraldine.osullivan@cardiff.gov.uk or complete the form below: