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Top companies awarded for student work experience schemes
Monday, 11 June 2007
Two top UK companies have been awarded the National Council for Work Experience's (NCWE) Quality Mark, after consistently demonstrating their commitment to providing high quality student work experience opportunities.
NCWE's Quality Mark recognises student work experience schemes that, in line with the government's 1997 Dearing Report, deliver training programmes that have a significant benefit to both student and employer, as well as to the UK economy overall.
The first new award goes to Barclay Capital, the investment division of Barclays Bank, for its strong collection of internships and student work experience placements. Acclaim also went to Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency for Yorkshire and the Humber, who were noted for offering their one-year placements in a diverse range of different business parts.
Other companies currently also applying for the NCWE mark include BP, Marks and Spencer and GlaxoSmithKline, who helped pilot the original Quality Mark scheme three years ago and are now looking for full accreditation after noting a range of positive benefits.
Work experience has been considered more and more key among many students and graduates as the UK's employment market becomes ever more competitive.