Awards scheme broadens remit

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NORTHUMBERLAND businesses offering graduate and international internships are now eligible to enter the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards.

Traditionally focused on undergraduate work experience, the NCWE Awards have been widened for 2012 to recognise the growing number of internships available to graduates.

And they are also no longer limited to UK schemes. For the first time, companies offering international internships to students studying in the UK will be able to enter.

Nine awards will be handed out for undergraduate work experience placements, with a new category for the law sector.

Mike Hill, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit that runs the NCWE Awards, said: “Work experience has become more prominent in recent years and is now a vital component to a graduate’s employability, so it’s apt that we now recognise those businesses offering internships to graduates.”

Students, businesses and careers advisers have until Friday, December 9 to complete the online entry form at www.work-experience.org/awards