The Institute of Directors’ Jersey Director Shadowing Scheme has this year received over 60 applications from sixth form Jersey students seeking a unique insight into the working life of directors and senior executives in a wide range of organisations.
Running for 25 years, the scheme, sponsored by KPMG and supported by Careers Jersey, to date has given over 5,000 Jersey students the chance to experience the day-to-day routine of business leaders and to find out how our most senior executives have reached the top in their organisations.
With increasing applicants year on year, Heidi Gibaut, Chair of the Institute’s Education and Skills Committee, is keen to encourage even more employees to get involved to support the Scheme’s growing success.
Heidi commented: “The shadowing placements are not work experience – the Shadows follow a senior business leader, attending meetings, dealing with clients and asking questions about the internal and external activity that a senior executive undertakes every day. We want young people to understand the challenges of leading a business as well as the satisfaction that can be gained and inspire them about the opportunities that can be found here locally. I am sure many of today’s young Shadows are the potential business leaders of the future”.
Jason Laity, Managing Director of KPMG in the Channel Islands and the Chair of the Institute of Directors Jersey, said: “We believe it is vitally important that our brightest and best young people understand the role that business plays and are given every opportunity to experience day to day business life themselves. KPMG has supported the IoD Work Shadowing Scheme in both Jersey and Guernsey for a number of years and we are proud to continue to do so.”
The selection process is rigorous, with students competing for places at every stage. They are required to submit a formal application letter accompanied by their CV which will be assessed by a panel of professional business representatives. All students are interviewed and receive feedback on their personal presentation and application paperwork. Only those students considered suitable by the panels are recommended to partake in the Scheme.
The interviews are taking place right now at the office of KPMG. Representatives of the IoD, KPMG and Careers Jersey have agreed that this year the calibre of applications is high with the year 12 students having impressed the interview panels with their professional and mature approach.
Organisations interested in supporting the Scheme are asked to contact Heidi Gibaut directly on telephone number 887088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Category: Finance & Business