Deadline extended for National Work Experience Awards

The National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) has extended the deadline for entering its annual awards to Friday 7 January 2011 and announces The Apprentice finalist, Ruth Badger as this year’s main speaker. 

Now in its eighth year, the NCWE Awards recognises those organisations that are committed to providing valuable work placement opportunities to students. Companies from all sectors and sizes are invited to enter free of charge.

Ruth Badger takes centre stage as this year’s key speaker. Best known as 2006 runner-up in TV reality show The Apprentice, she also runs the Ruth Badger Enterprise Academy, a course for students to help bridge the gap between education and work, and the Ruth Badger Sales Academy.

Mike Hill, chief executive at the NCWE says: “We’re delighted that Ruth can join us at this year’s prestigious event. Renowned for her straight-talking manner and business acumen, we look forward to hearing her views and experiences of internships and their role in industry today.

“All short-listed companies are given a free place at the Awards, so if you are proud of your work experience scheme we hope you will enter and we’re now giving you a further four weeks to do so.”

Entries are assessed solely by online application and a maximum of six companies will be short-listed in each category. Employers, students and careers advisers can nominate organisations by visiting

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will take place in London on Tuesday 22 March 2011.

This year’s sponsors include AGR, GlaxoSmithKline, Centrica and CRCC Asia.

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