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View some of the awards Careers Wales have achieved.

Disability confident employer

We are pleased to confirm that Careers Wales Dewis Gyrfa (CCDG) has been awarded the Disability Confident employer award in relation to the following five commitments:

  1. To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
  2. To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities
  3. To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
  4. To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments to work
  5. Each year review the five commitments and what has been achieved, to plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Job Centre Plus know about progress and future plans

Living wage employer

Careers Wales is pleased to announce that we have been accredited as a Living Wage employer. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said, “We welcome Careers Wales to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer."

Denise Currell, Head of People Development for Career Choices Dewis Gyrfa (CCDG) said:

I’m proud that Careers Wales is now a Living Wage Employer. Our staff, from our Careers Advisers in schools across Wales to our head office employees, are at the very heart of what we do. As advocates of fair employment, becoming a Living Wage employer is a natural step in the right direction for us and will help us to improve staff motivation as well as retain and attract a quality workforce.”

Green Dragon Level 4 award

This award shows our commitment to effective environmental management. Find out more about how we manage our environmental impact on our Environment page.

UNISON #RespectYourYouth Charter for young workers in Wales

Careers Wales have signed the RespectYourYouth Charter, developed by the public services union, UNISON Cymru Wales. UNISON’s RespectYourYouth Charter has five demands:

  1. The implementation of the Real Living Wage irrespective of age
  2. Quality apprenticeships
  3. Fair employment
  4. Workplace equality
  5. Development opportunities

Find out more about Young Workers Charter.

Time to Change Pledge

Careers Wales has signed the Time to Change pledge. This commits the Company to reducing the stigma of mental health. It also opens conversations about mental health.

We are an employer who wants to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Our commitment has involved training managers and employees in mental health awareness, and having regular speakers to talk about mental health at events. We have also been training our network of wellbeing champions to speak up about mental health.

Careers Wales staff can access counselling services and lots of resources to support mental health and wellbeing.

More information: Time to Change Wales

Public Health Wales Silver Award for Supporting Health and Wellbeing

In 2020, Careers Wales achieved the Public Health Wales Silver Healthy Working Wales Corporate Health Standard. This involved reviewing and improving all the policies that impact on health and wellbeing. We also built up a network of wellbeing champions and improved our communications.

We have been reviewing our health and safety processes and ensuring staff and their managers keep in touch with each other.

We promote work-life balance and open discussions about health and wellbeing.

We often share information that supports health and wellbeing. This includes taking more physical activity during the working day and encouraging people to make healthy lifestyle choices. We have a team of wellbeing champions working across the organisation.

The awards ended in 2023, but Careers Wales has continued this work up to the gold standards.

More information: Healthy Working Wales Workplace Awards Ending - Public Health Wales (

Great British Wellbeing Awards – Best Support for Remote Workers 2022

Careers Wales won a UK wide award for the Best Support for Remote Workers in 2022. This award recognised the work that we did to support our remote workers through the pandemic and beyond. This included a lively range of wellbeing activities delivered on Teams and fun challenges on our internal social media platform.

We also made some changes to policies, including more agile working, support given through line managers and through our wellbeing champions.

Bay Citizens 'Community Jobs Compact'

Careers Wales have signed the 'Community Jobs Compact' which means we will:

  • Pay a Living Wage
  • Tackle under-representation of the local community in the workforce
  • Provide job security and development

Visit the Citizens Cymru Wales website to find out more.