Ulster University graduate Mark Hutchinson has secured a graduate training position with PwC after taking part in a successful placement year. He is pictured with Director in Assurance at PwC, Orla MacAllister.

PwC, Kainos and Warner Bros. Games are amongst the employers who have been recognised by Ulster University for inspiring and nurturing the next generation of business leaders at this year's Placement Employer of the Year Awards.

Annually, 2,000 Ulster University students undertake work placements across a wide range of sectors including healthcare, law, construction and the creative industries. The placements are designed to provide students with valuable insight into the working environment and enable them to develop industry ready skills by applying their knowledge in the workplace.

Local and international employers recognised at the University awards included PwC, Warner Bros. Games, and the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, Kainos, WDR & RT Taggart and I S Arc.

Seamus McConomy, Work Experience Manager at Ulster University said: "The University provides placements to ensure that our graduates are equipped with the necessary work-ready skills that are highly sought after by employers. This early exposure to the working world develops not only students' technical capabilities but also their softer skills such as teamwork, communication and decision-making.

"This is the eighth Placement Employer of the Year Awards and year on year the University is building stronger relationships with employers, both locally and internationally, who are directly benefiting from having our placement students on board. Our students are providing additional resource to companies as well as injecting enthusiasm, dedication and creativity into the workforce."

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