Work experience awards deadline extended
Firms that offer work experience to students now have an extra month to enter the 2008 National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) awards.
The NCWE awards, now in their sixth year, recognise businesses that offer work placement schemes to help undergraduates develop employment skills. To make it easier for firms to enter the awards, the deadline has been extended from 12 December to 9 January.
Two of the eleven award categories are aimed specifically at small and medium–sized enterprises (SMEs) — one is for firms with fewer than ten employees and one for firms with between ten and 250 employees.
SMEs are also eligible to enter the category for businesses which have started placement schemes within the last two years or where international students have been taken on.
The NCWE said that today’s employers were increasingly tuning into the benefits of offering work experience. NCWE director Heather Collier said:
“In the current financial climate this has never been more critical. Businesses need to continue to employ work placement students to cut recruitment costs and help develop a skilled workforce for the future.”
Shetland Seafood Auctions won the previous award for businesses with fewer than ten employees. Manager Martin Leyland said:
“It has certainly given us a high profile, not only with students and placement organisations, but also within our own industry,”
Entries will be assessed solely by online application and a maximum of six businesses will be shortlisted in each category. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 5 March 2009.