THE winners of this year’s Institute of Directors Jersey Work Shadowing initiative have been announced at a prize giving event held at the Hotel de France on 6 November.
The overall winner was Emma Gallichan who shadowed Susan Turnbull at Health and Social Services, and the Highly Commended student was Marie Le Chevalier, who shadowed Steven Hunt of KPMG. Both will attend an all expenses paid trip to the IoD Annual Convention in London next year which David Cameron, Bill Gates and Bob Geldof have spoken at in the past.
The two winners also received engraved awards presented by the Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl, at a ceremony attended by around 150 students, business representatives, community leaders, parents and teachers.
Emma Gallichan who won the overall winner of all the students who participated, said:
“The IoD scheme has given me a significant insight into the wider world and what is expected of students in the future, such as when applying for university or for a job. Having my Curriculum Vitae constructively criticised was very helpful and the interview process was invaluable. I feel very privileged to have been a part of the IoD Work Shadow Scheme.”
At the same ceremony, certificates were presented to all 50 students who completed this year’s scheme, which was sponsored by KPMG.
Jason Laity, Managing Director of KPMG in the Channel Islands and Chair of the Institute of Directors Jersey, said:
“KPMG support the scheme as we believe that students should be given the opportunity to shadow a senior member of staff so that they understand that importance of their current studies to achieve their career aspirations. It is also a great time for students to see what actually happens at the top of an organisation – it isn’t just lunches and golf.”
The work shadowing initiative requires students to prepare CVs, application letters, attend interviews and produce reports of their work shadowing experience. These factors are all assessed to determine the winners.
At the ceremony, student Zach Le Cornu received an award for writing the best report on a work shadowing experience. Zach, who shadowed Clive Barton, Senior Partner at Moore Stephens, won an engraved silver ballpoint pen.
IoD Jersey Branch has been running the Work Shadowing scheme for a number of years with the support of Careers Jersey. It is aimed primarily at year 12 students to give them an opportunity to spend a week shadowing a senior director to give them a taste of a career in business.
Heidi Gibaut, Chair of the IoD Jersey Education and Training Sub-Committee, said:
“In the current climate, it is vital that we encourage local talent to stay in or return to Jersey, and that local businesses play a part in giving students an opportunity to get a taste of real business life. It is encouraging that the IoD’s work shadowing scheme in Jersey continues to be so well supported, with a high number of students taking part and a broad range of organisations offering placements yet again. It was a pleasure to recognise the efforts of those students and organisations who took part this year.”
The 2013 scheme will get under way again in January, when presentations will be held for Sixth Forms at schools across Jersey. Should any organisation want to be part of this scheme for 2013, please contact Heidi Gibaut on 887088.
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