Career Service Scoops Top Award

The University of Aberdeen Careers Service, has won a top accolade at the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards 2013, marking them as some of the UK’s best internship providers.

The NCWE Awards are in their tenth year of recognising and rewarding employers who provide high quality internships to students and graduates. Categories cover organisations large and small, and all sectors including charities and the public sector. Winners were announced on 19 March at Merchant Taylors’ Hall inLondon by Timpson chairman, John Timpson.

The University of Aberdeen won the Public Sector category for its three-month work placement, The Aberdeen Internship. It was praised by the judges for putting employability at the core of its scheme as well as its adherence to the Quality Assurance Agency code of practice to ensure standards.

Mr Peter Fantom, Head of The University of Aberdeen Careers Service said: “Our internship provides a strong basis on which to build a truly collaborative and coordinated framework. We’re delighted to receive this award which is testament to our commitment to developing the future workforce.”

Secretary to the University Steve Cannon added: “We are extremely proud of our internship scheme that offers students and graduates an invaluable, hands-on experience of operating as part of a dynamic and professional working environment and equips them with the wide range of skills required to succeed in today’s workplace.”

 Mike Hill, chief executive of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, which runs the NCWE says: “Entries are blind judged and, thanks to a rigorous process, standards are high so all of those who made the final cut have done exceptionally well. The final list helps students and graduates identify companies that are providing truly valuable experiences among an abundance of opportunities that have wide-ranging standards.”

This year’s sponsors include the Association of Graduate Recruiters, GlaxoSmithKline, Intel, PlaceNet and TUI UK & Ireland.

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