Belfast Telegraph

Top firms offer graduates work experience

By Heather McGarrigle

Four lucky graduates could gain a lucrative three-month work placement with a top Northern Ireland firm.

Entry is open for an internship programme which will see 24 graduates each being placed with one of the 24 finalists in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Awards finalists this year include Terence Donnelly, managing director of the Donnelly Motor Group in Dungannon, Eamon O'Hare, managing director of Newry construction company O'Hare & McGovern Ltd, John Toner and Robert Adamson from engineering company Williams Industrial Services in Newtownabbey and Brian Conlon, chief executive of financial software company First Derivatives in Newry.

Frank O’Keeffe, partner-in-charge of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year said: “We are delighted to be the drivers behind this unique employment opportunity for Irish graduates. The internship period will take place over 2011 and the competition is open to all graduates, including third-level students now starting their final year.”

Previous Northern Ireland finalists include Ulster Unionist peer John Taylor, now Lord Kilclooney, chief executive of Alpha Newspapers. Michael Taggart of property company Taggart Holdings won the industry category in 2007 before the company went bust in 2008.

Candidates can apply through the Entrepreneur Of The Year website,, where they will find profiles of each of the entrepreneurs, plus the exact qualities each are looking for in their individual interns. The entry closing date is November 19.

Belfast Telegraph