The Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) have awarded a bursary of £1,500 per annum to Jersey student Zoe Gaskell towards her university education.
CICRA, which includes the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority and the Office of Utility Regulation in Guernsey, will also provide Miss Gaskell with at least eight weeks paid work experience each year for the duration of her degree.
Miss Gaskell completed her A-Levels at the Jersey College for Girls last year and is currently on a gap year. She will begin her studies, reading Law and French, at Cardiff University in the autumn.
Andrew Riseley, CICRA deputy chief executive, said: “We are really keen to support home-grown talent as it is important to further develop regulatory and competition law skills and experience on the island.
“Work experience is important for those considering their career path and we are confident that the skills Zoe will learn while working with us will go a great way in assisting her with her studies and her future employment plans.”
The regulator’s primary role is to promote consumer welfare through competition and measures which encourage appropriate pricing and greater choice and innovation in the goods and services available to islanders. CICRA regulates the telecoms and postal sectors, and electricity in Guernsey, and is also responsible for administering and enforcing the competition law in Jersey.
Miss Gaskell added: “I’m really excited to have been chosen for the bursary as the work experience will not only be very interesting but it will also help with my studies at university. I’m really looking forward to starting work with CICRA.”