17th September 2013

NI Apprentices take on world in skills contest

Seven Northern Ireland apprentices are currently battling it out for international honours at the WorldSkills London 2011 competition. They’re taking part in the four-day event against 1,000 of the world’s most highly skilled young people from 50 nations at the largest international vocational skills competition of its kind London’s ExCeL Centre. Employment and Learning Minister...

17th September 2013

Graduates gain vital experience

Business in the Community’s Graduate Acceleration Programme (GAP) is celebrating its role in helping transform the lives of unemployed graduates across Northern Ireland. Supported by the Department of Employment and Learning, through its Steps to Work programme, almost 300 graduates have been placed with local businesses or not-for-profit organisations to gain valuable work experience at...

17th September 2013

Graduates making a mark at First Derivatives

Newry financial markets firm First Derivatives said it is experiencing the highest employment growth since it was established 15 years ago. The company, which is listed on the AIM, said it wanted to hear from Northern Ireland’s “top graduates” as it continues to grow. Chief operating officer Adrian Toner said 114 out of 359 new...

17th September 2013

Employment opportunities on offer to top achievers at Queen’s

High achievers at Queen’s University are to be offered support and job opportunities through a partnership with a UK pensions and benefits specialist. Xafinity Consultancy, which specialises in pensions and employee benefits, has announced a five-year partnership with Queen’s University. It hopes the initiative will encourage the development of high quality jobs in actuary and...

17th September 2013

Interns in the workplace

In today’s competitive labour market, many young people seeking experience to boost their CVs (and others seeking a new career path) choose to undertake internships. These can be valuable for employers as well, who can improve recruitment processes by selecting from interns who have proven their talents. However, given recent debates in the media, it...

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