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"Businesses boasting an NCWE Award have used it to validate the quality of their scheme, helping them to attract more high calibre interns.
Mike Hill, chief executive of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit that runs the NCWE Awards, said: "One of the more significant employment developments over the past decade has been the rise of the internship.
Now in its eighth year, the NCWE Awards recognise organisations committed to providing valuable work placement opportunities to students.
So far the NCWE Quality Mark seal of approval has only been available to large organisations and the launch of a national standard for work experience provision specifically for SMEs will recognise companies that offer quality internships, helping them to attract and compete for some of the best graduate talent.
NCWE spokeswoman Jo Denye said: "The employability of graduates is hugely topical as businesses increasingly expect them to have some understanding of the world of work.
The NCWE is working with university careers advisers and companies to promote the schemes available via its Find Me A Student initiative.
Heather Collier, director of the NCWE, said: "The recession has hit graduates and employers particularly hard, so it's reassuring to hear that there are lots of companies that continue to offer a fantastic work experience.
NCWE director Liz Rhodes urged more companies to offer work experience.
BUSINESSES from the North East are being invited to enter the National Council for Work Experience's (NCWE) annual awards, which celebrate the best student placement schemes.
The National Council for Work Experience's (NCWE) annual awards celebrate the best student placement schemes.
As the recession drives more businesses to offer internships the firmly established annual NCWE Awards is now entering its seventh year and is the official event to showcase best providers of undergraduate work experience.
TWO thirds (66%) of young people feel obliged to work for free because of the recession, says a poll by the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE), part of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit.