Working in Wales

If you are looking for a UK partner, you can find out all about our work placements, accommodation and language courses in Wales on this page. 

We are interested in developing our network of partners and organisations in all parts of Europe.
If you would like to find out more about what we offer in Wales, please contact

What is the Leonardo Inward programme?

Leonardo da Vinci is the European Union's vocational training programme. It is designed to build a skilled workforce through European partnerships and it funds work placements and language courses abroad. ectarc works with many institutions around Europe that send groups of participants to Wales to learn English and gain work experience in their own field of employment or study. 

Who is the programme for? 

The Leonardo da Vinci programme is for students, graduates and professionals of 18 years of age or older. The programmes provided are of varying lengths Contact your Leonardo National Agency to find out what programmes are on offer and how to apply.

What does our Inward programme include?

ectarc's Leonardo da Vinci programme includes:

  • An English language course focusing on living and working in an English-speaking country
  • A work placement matched to your area of study or expertise
  • Travel costs to and from your country 
  • Host family accommodation on a full board basis: continental breakfast, packed lunch and an evening meal. We always try to find accommodation as close to your work as possible.

Remember: You need to bring some pocket money with you for your social life. There is a lot to see and do and you don't want to miss out!

What can I do in Wales?

Professional opportunities:
ectarc can provide participants with useful and varied work placements. We constantly update and improve our database of host companies, whilst seeking new and interesting placements in most skill sectors.

Our partner companies in Wales are from a variety of sectors, including business, education and industry, and have welcomed our participants on a regular basis. Many participants are offered extended stays, temporary, or even permanent, employment.

The beautiful Welsh scenery is a backdrop to the many towns and cities that contribute to the thriving Welsh economy. There are opportunities to work in one of the many small Welsh companies or big multi-nationals around the country. At ectarc we can find you a work placement in most fields:

  • Hotel and Catering, Tourism
  • Architectural design, Industrial, Graphic and Web design
  • IT, Banking, Business and Administration
  • Marketing, PR, Sales and Events Management
  • Accountancy, Finance, Import/Export
  • NGOs, Social Work, Teaching and Nursery education
  • Journalism, Photography, Film and Multimedia
  • Retail, Culture and the Arts
  • Horticulture, Agriculture and Laboratory work

Our team of experienced, approachable accommodation officers provide an efficient service and consider participants' needs and welfare of paramount importance. Our participants are accommodated in host families during both the language course and work placements. This offers the participants the opportunity to integrate into the local community and experience life with a Welsh family. The family support them with their language learning and provide meals and pastoral care.
All our host families are vetted and their homes inspected to ensure the safety of our participants. Host families offer a warm, clean and welcoming environment, but homes will vary depending on the families' occupations and lifestyles. Typically, our host families may not necessarily be made up of a mother, father and two children; many comprise of a single or widowed person, a couple with no children, older people or students. Most of our families have pets. You can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome from our friendly hosts who will help you with guidance and advice about the surrounding area and other practical matters. Self-catering is available in some host families.

Language course: English for Work and Social Purposes
The purpose of the EWSP Course is to provide students on work placements with a brief but intensive appreciation of the language and cultural attitudes they may encounter whilst living and working in the UK. The course covers a range of important situations, both in the workplace and outside it, selected partly by the students and partly by the teaching staff. The overall aim is to facilitate student integration with their workplace and the social environment they will find themselves in. ectarc is a Trinity Spoken English Examination Centre.

Course description
The course is designed to enable students to function in a number of pre-determined scenarios. The course will generally follow a given timetable, with some variations depending on the needs, tastes and level of the students, and the work placement they are going to.

Class size
Class sizes do not generally exceed 10 students per teacher.

Classroom hours
22 hours per week: 09:30 - 16:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Morning break: 11:00-11:15
Lunch break: 13:00-14:00

The course commences with the grading of students, the selection of their course content and the development of a scheme or schemes of work. At this point, students will select their preferred course content and a scheme of work suitable for each group will be developed. The course will be composed of a series of fixed and variable features.

Fixed and variable features
The fixed features of the course are the Initial Testing, Scheme Development, Midway Written Test, Interview Practice, Work Orientation and Lexical Notebook Establishment (to record new vocabulary and structures). There is also pre and post course feedback. Interview Practice generally takes place on Day 2 to facilitate Work Placement, but this may be moved at the discretion of the teacher. Work Orientation usually takes place during week two, but again this may be varied, depending on student requirements. Work Orientation might take up 2 or 3 afternoons and frequently culminates in a Work Placement Presentation on the last morning.

The variable features of the course are the other modules, such as travel skills, food and drink, introducing oneself, commercial language and so forth. Students are usually asked to select five which are of interest to them at initial testing. The most requested topics are worked into the scheme of work with some teacher input also.

Differentiation and streaming
Students' studies are differentiated according to level in a variety of ways.

Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans will indicate the language to be addressed and the linguistic objectives to be pursued and will contain ways of demonstrating outcomes, such as presentations, performances, or other methods of dialogue, concept checking or other ways of using and demonstrating the skills and vocaubulary learned.

Schemes of Work
Schemes of Work should generally be provided on Day Two of the course, but can be updated depending on the progress of the class.

Teaching Style
Lessons will generally focus on spoken production, but some may address practical written skills such as email writing, letters and reports. A variety of teaching styles and materials are used to bring the course to life.

Course Evaluation
Students are asked for pre and post course feedback.

Students are currently assessed for language level at the start of the course, with a mid-course written test, and on return to ectarc after work placement. Language assessments currently follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course Modules

01. Travel
02. Shopping
03. Talking About Yourself
03a. Interviews
04. Making Conversation
05. Being a Guest/Going Out
06. Telephone
07. Problems and Solutions
08. Office and Work Language
09. Doctors and Illness
10. Food and Drink
11. Emails and Blogs
12. Commercial language
14. Grammatical
15. Workplace
16. Customer Services
17. Ongoing Learning
18. Work Routines

A certificate of participation is issued to all participants at the end of the programme.

Llangollen is a pleasant town, with plenty of friendly pubs where people enjoy a beer after work. The beautiful coasts and mountains of Wales are really worth exploring, with every kind of outdoor pursuit available, from walking and rock climbing to white-water rafting and canoeing. There are fascinating prehistoric monuments, medieval castles, industrial heritage sites, museums, theatres and galleries. From north-east Wales it is easy to take a trip to Manchester or Liverpool, or longer train excursions to London or Edinburgh. 

How to apply 

If you live in an EU member state outside the UK, you need to ask your Leonardo National Agency what programmes are available to you. Click the link below to find your Leonardo National Agency:

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