InStep – Infosys' global internship program – has won the prestigious National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Award for 'Work Placement of the Year 2013,' in the category 'best large organization with over 250 employees (short-term placements)'. Other shortlisted finalists in this category included Hymans Robertson, Motability Operations, bp, Centrica Plc and Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
The judges commended Infosys for providing a rare opportunity of cultural diversity that makes the scheme particularly unique. They also praised Infosys for the three-tier support system and putting considerable thought into engaging students, despite it being a short-term placement.
The NCWE Awards are in their tenth year of recognizing and rewarding employers who provide high quality internships to students and graduates.
Carol McCarthy, Head of Human Resources in EMEA for Infosys said, "The Infosys InStep program is designed to provide a forum for cultural exchange and helps bring fresh ideas into the company. As well as raising awareness of the Infosys brand among future leaders, we hope to prepare a younger generation for the truly global marketplace in which they will forge their careers."
Mike Hill, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, which runs the NCWE, says: "Entries are blind-judged and, thanks to a rigorous process, standards are high, so all of those who made the final cut have done exceptionally well. The final list helps students and graduates identify companies that are providing truly valuable experiences among an abundance of opportunities that have wide-ranging standards."
NCWE is part of HECSU, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit. It promotes, supports and develops quality work experience for the benefit of students, organizations and the economy. This includes disseminating information and good practice, the development of quality standards and more employers to provide placement opportunities.