Providing opportunities – ColegauCymru say thanks to their Santander intern 

Photo - Left to Right - Rob Baynham, Conor Lees and Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive ColegauCymru / CollegesWales


As the charity representing post compulsory education, ColegauCymru looks back on the journey their intern Conor Lees has taken, from college, university to competing and coaching, as they wish him well for the next stage of his education and career progression in the world of education, sport and Health and Wellbeing. 

As the membership body for post-16 colleges and institutions practicing what we preach in providing work experience and more recently a Santander internship has proven beneficial for all involved.

Conor recently completed his BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Cardiff Metropolitan University, after graduating with a Level 3 BTEC Sports diploma, as well as voluntary helping a Student Management Team (SMT) from Coleg Gwent in 2015. Evidencing his commitment to sport, Conor, an International Trampoline Gymnast has an International gold medal for synchronised trampolining, and recently gained his UKCC Level 1 qualification in trampolining and is working towards Level 2.

Conor joined ColegauCymru five months ago on the Santander Internship, as the Sports and Event Co-ordinator and says “I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and have learnt so much within this role, organising events, overcoming challenges and building on the skills I learnt at college, university and on the First Campus project.”

He continued “alongside my role at ColegauCymru, I have also become part of the Erasmus+ Youth Sports Development Ambassador Project (YSDA Project supported by ColegauCymru), which is a European Union funded Project which aims to increase participation within ethnic minority groups around the EU. This voluntary project has allowed me to be in contact with organisations from 7 EU countries such as Italy, Hungary and Portugal, just to name a few, which will help my networking in future jobs.”

Rob Baynham Sports Co-ordinator at ColegauCymru said, “When I met Conor I knew he would be ideal for the role as he had already evidenced his knowledge and understanding of sport in education, multi-tasking and good time management.  He has certainly developed strong links with us as a company and we are grateful to him for his support and contribution over these last few months. I look forward to further collaboration in the future.”

ColegauCymru has numerous project management responsibilities and being able to offer hands on experience to students has provided synergy for both partners. Working with Cardiff MET has allowed ColegauCymru to engage in the Santander Internship Programme  that provides Cardiff Met students or recent graduates paid-for work experience within an SME for up to 10 weeks full time. We have also worked with Cardiff University Social Sciences department on hosting work experiences in the past. 

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