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Careers Wales appoints interim chief executive

Careers Wales has announced the appointment of Graham Bowd as interim chief executive.

Graham comes with 32 years’ experience in the sector, with 17 years spent in executive director-level roles. Having worked through the ranks from being recruited as a Careers Assistant, Graham has experience in a number of roles within the organisation, including team manager and business manager.

He was also appointed as Regional Director for South East Wales from 2012 to 2015, before becoming Director of Business Improvement, covering quality, research, evaluation, reporting, learning and development, and risk management.

Following the departure of Richard Spear, Graham will act as chief executive for the next six months, before a permanent replacement is appointed to the role. 

Graham has a degree in history from Bangor University, and a post graduate diploma in Careers Guidance from the University of Central England in Birmingham.

Speaking on his appointment, Graham said: “I am dedicated to achieving what the organisation requires and to working constructively with stakeholders and staff. It is my belief that my first-hand understanding of Careers Wales has given me a very sound balance of operational knowledge, quality management and good business sense.

“The organisation faces a major transformation agenda to prove that it can deliver “Changing Lives – A Vision for Careers Wales” and to ensure that our digital capacity and offering is dynamic and fit-for-purpose. I look forward to this challenge, and would like to help prepare the company for what lies ahead by making appropriate progress between the departure of one chief executive and the start of a new one.”

Who we are  

Career Choices Dewis Gyrfa Ltd (CCDG) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government which was formed on 1 April 2013. Trading as Gyrfa Cymru Careers Wales, we provide the all age, independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance service for Wales.

We deliver a remit set by the Minister for Education and Skills and support the Welsh Government’s strategic objectives as identified in the Programme for Government and related Welsh Government policies, such as the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework (YEPF).  The overall focus for our service is to help people make effective decisions and become independent in managing their careers.  This includes making realistic career decisions and plans, and ensuring successful progression and positive outcomes for individuals, who we support to gain appropriate training, further learning or employment.  Our work helps to develop the nation’s skills base and to support the effectiveness of expenditure on education and training, thereby contributing to the economic and social well-being of Wales.

Gyrfa Cymru Careers Wales is part of the broader “Careers Family” in Wales which includes the Welsh Higher Education Careers Advisory Services, Secondary Schools, Further Education Institutions, Work Based Learning Providers, Local Authority Youth Services, Learning Coaches, Jobcentre Plus, Probation and Youth Offending Services and others. 

Why we exist

Career decisions are among the most important people make throughout their lives and careers information, advice and guidance can help to:

  • improve knowledge and awareness of learning opportunities and the labour market;
  • improve self-awareness, raise individual aspirations and support people to make effective decisions about their careers;
  • increase access to, and completion of, learning and training;
  • motivate people to manage their careers, improve application and interview skills and be resilient in adapting their plans when circumstances change;
  • address inequality by focussing on the needs of groups who are under-represented in employment, learning or training and by challenging stereotyping; and
  • improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the labour market, for example by improving the match between supply of, and demand for, skills.

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