Enhancing Student Employability Skills in Sport

We are committed to making you an employable graduate so we build this into our courses. All of our taught modules have clear ‘skills outcomes’ specifically linked to the skills employers want from their graduates. In addition, you'll be encouraged to take part in our bespoke employability initiative that brings together a programme of activity designed to give you hands-on experience and further enhance key skills in readiness for the world of work.

Boost your Employability skills

CEELS can help you develop your employability skills whilst you are a USW student. 

  • Undertake work based learning placements in the industry with our partners
  • Opportunity to attend workshops and seminars to perfect your CV and develop your interview skills
  • Volunteering opportunities which can lead to securing paid employment positions
  • Gain relevant accredited and vocational qualifications e.g First Aid, Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Engage and network with a range of employers to make connections and shape your future career pathway
  • Opportunity to gain a Grad Edge Sport Award
  • Option to work in schools alongside PE staff for students interested in gaining a place on a PGCE course

Work Based Learning

You'll have opportunities to take on project management and development roles working with sports organisations, such as National Governing Bodies for Sport (including Hockey Wales, Welsh Netball and Golf Development Wales), local authority sports development departments, private organisations, Street Games, social enterprises and leisure providers.  

These opportunities provide first hand experiences of planning, delivering and managing a sport and physical activity project in the community.

Find out more about our Employer Partnerships.

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"The placements and coaching opportunities have been an integral part of my development, and have significantly improved my career prospects. When I graduate, I'll have a degree but also the knowledge, experience and industry qualifications to have a successful career."

Matthew Griffiths, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Student.


The University's Careers and Employability Service also provides some useful information and resources to support you with your employability skill development. 

Employability Conference 2017

On 07 April 2017, over 50 employers from the sports industry attended our annual Employability Conference to advertise their sport placement and intern opportunities to our students.

1st and 2nd year students attended workshops led by industry professionals, which focussed on career development. Students also attended our employer fair to meet and chat with potential employers and network.

Details about our Employability Conference 2018 will be made available on this website, once a date has been confirmed.

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Find out more about CEELS

For more information about how CEELS can help students with their employability please contact:

Chris Emsley
Lecturer Sports Development and Coaching

Tel: 01443 482716
Email: [email protected]