What is ABERforward?

ABERforward provides work-based learning and development opportunities to Aberystwyth University students and graduates. All activities are designed to build graduate level skills and expertise.

ABERforward particularly aims to support those who lack confidence, practical work experience, career focus and/or the ability to recognise, and articulate to employers, their skills and employability.

Paid work experience is at the heart of ABERforward provision. Placements have the following key features:

  • Hosted mostly within Aberystwyth University departments, but funding is also available to support placements with external employers.
  • Options for short and longer placements, to suit the needs of those wishing to build their confidence or gain an insight into the workplace, as well as those who feel ready for more responsibility.
  • Ongoing recruitment – regular start dates throughout the year.
  • Flexible working – part-time and full-time options. Placements may also be undertaken via remote-working, in-situ, or a combination of both, depending on the nature and location of the work.

Eligibility: ABERforward placements are currently open to all Aberystwyth University undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, and those who graduated in 2020 and 2021. Please note, paid placements can only be undertaken by those who can evidence their Right to Work in the UK. For placements hosted by Aberystwyth University, the placee must also be living in the UK, even if the placement is being offered remotely.

Interested? If you are an Aber student, or 2020 or 2021 Aber graduate, and would like to find out more about the Scheme, please complete our short online form.


Information for Aberystwyth University staff and external employers

Could you offer a placement, with the salary funded by ABERforward? Or would you just like further information about how the Scheme works? Please complete this short online enquiry, and we will be in touch.