Ulster University is calling for nominations for Northern Ireland's number one placement employer, to acknowledge their contribution in providing work-based learning opportunities for students
Work placements are vital to ensure the future generation is fully equipped to be successful and thrive in industry, both locally and internationally.
The University's Placement Employer of the Year Awards aim to celebrate the dedication of local businesses, across all sectors, in providing students with the skills that will allow them to apply their academic knowledge to real-life practice.
Seamus McConomy, Work Experience Development Manager at Ulster University said: "First-hand experience is an important aspect in producing industry ready graduates while allowing employers to get an insight into the future generation, who will drive the future economic growth of their companies.
"The Placement Employer of the Year Awards is a way for Ulster University to showcase and celebrate the achievements of businesses shaping the future for our graduates.
"We are calling on Ulster University students and staff from our employer partners in both the private and public sector to submit nominations that show their exemplary commitment to the professional and personal growth of our students and graduates."
Nick Gray, Division Director at Liberty IT, winner of last year's over 50 employees category, confirms the benefit of offering placement opportunities to students: "We have developed a very successful business over the last 18 years and our placements have played a huge part in this. With 90% of them returning this year as graduates, 100% of whom achieved a 1st class honours degree, we very much consider them our future talent."