Working with the Talent Bank 

Employers are crucial to the success of the Talent Bank. We ask you to consider the role your organisation can play and with the knowledge that your input can make a transformational difference to the young people of our region equipping them for a better future whilst also supporting an enhanced life science and health wellbeing sector for Wales


The Talent Bank will be strategically led by Industry, in partnership with Gower College SwanseaSwansea University and the region’s University Health Boards, ABMU and Hywel Dda, with a focus on life sciences and health, represents a paradigm shift in FE of future generations of medical, health and scientific professions across the South West region. 

The Talent Bank concept is borne out of research undertaken in the region and sector over the last three years and therefore is evidenced based, both in need and effectiveness of approach proposed.

With the aim of developing the region’s reputation for an indigenous pool of talent to support the growth of this important sector, the Talent Bank will foster industrial engagement to support wider skills development and research impact and nurture the Life Science and Health sectors across the region and beyond.

The new state of the art facilities located at the City’s Singleton Hospital site, adjacent to Swansea University, will open in September 2017 and will provide the backdrop to reflect employment practice which will help lead students into jobs, apprenticeships or university.

Learners will study a curriculum of A-levels in STEM as well as new Technical qualifications. Set up within a HE professional state of the art learning environment, where learners can access leading academic expertise, facilities as well as industry specialists which ordinarily are not accessible to young people of this age.

Besides being located within a university other distinguishing features include:

  1. A 35 hours per week, 9-5 programme of learning over 40 weeks per year to represent a working week workload
  2. 10 industry challenges lasting around 5 weeks  designed and supported by companies to develop the employability skills much needed by industry. Master-classes each week will help learners gain an understanding of the scope of the sector and various career opportunities.

These include 4 key strands and are sponsored by leading companies:

Scientific Enquiry

The Young Scientific Journalthe only peer reviewed journal in the world for 14-20 year olds, the Talent Bank is working on becoming the Welsh Hub.

Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation 

Sponsored by GE Healthcare who have agreed to train our young people in the company’s philosophy from the ideation phase of a problem through to the commercialisation of a product.

Digital Literacy sponsored by Fujitsu

Talent Bank students will benefit from the unprecedented state-of-the- art resources at the Fujitsu Digilab. It will provide students with one of the most advanced technological learning spaces in the region and will inspire and create a new generation of talent for the 21st Century.

The Fujitsu programme already supports 10 schools, colleges and universities across the UK by setting up Innovation Hubs to equip these establishments with high performance solutions and support digital skills development. 

Leadership and Management

Sponsored by GSK and an industry mentoring programme supported by the Mullany Fund

  1. Another key feature is an entitlement of up to 150 hours of work placement and practice over the two years including summer internships. The local University Health Boards have to date designed four work placement roles which will allow learners to work alongside health professionals to apply their knowledge and gain valuable experience as well as networking skills.  Opportunities  are available for learners to access summer internships at the Medicon Village in Sweden as well as other Life Science hotspots across the UK and Europe 

The more intensive Talent Bank experience will develop high calibre students  who are employment ready or research ready and looking to progress to University, however, above all, learners will be highly skilled for their age, have a strong work ethic, be a practitioner of lifelong learning as well as advocates for problem based learning and entrepreneurial in their outlook – skills and qualities sought after by leading universities and employers alike and where we will significantly add to our region’s reputation for talent. 

For further details contact:

Beverley Wilson-Smith

Talent Bank Director

07500 668 381


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