Jersey International Business School is to welcome 12 new students onto their two-year BSc (Hons) International Financial Services degree, over 50% of whom have already confirmed work experience placements secured through the Undergraduate Employment Programme (UGEP).The students will be undertaking an intensive course of study following the traditional University of Buckingham structure of four terms per annum, which means that students graduate a year earlier than their peers.

In addition to studying at the Business School on Mondays and Tuesdays, students can apply to some of the Island’s leading finance institutions for a paid work programme which allows them to complement their studies with hands-on office experience on Thursdays and Fridays.

The placements are for the duration of the degree and during term-time meaning students can benefit from constant work experience throughout their studies. The successful scheme has been running for two years, and is now supported by RBS International, HSBC, Moore Stephens, Canaccord, Elian, Appleby, Marbral, States of Jersey, UBS, Sanne Group and Triton.

Each organisation creates their own programme, which is tailored to their business and can include a rotational scheme around key business functions, involvement in real-time projects and interaction with both clients and colleagues in other jurisdictions across the globe.

Three more of the organisations are to carry out interviews in the coming weeks, with most placements commencing in November.

Danielle Connan has successfully secured an internship with the States of Jersey, Internal Audit Service as part of her Undergraduate Employment Programme. As part of Danielle’s role she will support the audit field senior in reviewing compliance with States of Jersey internal procedures and policies. The role will provide her with an insight into the objectives of the States of Jersey and give her the opportunity to learn about finance, governance and risk management processes.

Danielle commented:
“I am absolutely delighted to have been offered a work placement on the JIBS Undergraduate Employment Programme, which is run in association with me starting on the BSc (Hons) International Financial Services degree. My placement will be with the States of Jersey Audit Office.” “Of course I have been both excited and apprehensive, as this will be a new course and a new office environment, both of which I have never experienced before! But having met the staff at both JIBS and the States of Jersey I am terribly excited about starting my career with a degree in International Financial Services.”

Catherine Watson, Chief Internal Auditor and Head of Risk for the States of Jersey, said:
“Good governance and compliance are vital in both private and public sector organisations and this placement will ensure that Danielle has a solid foundation in both. As well as providing valuable experience for individuals, internships like this give us the opportunity to deliver on the States of Jersey’s commitment to develop the skills of talented Islanders. We are delighted that Danielle has accepted our offer and I wish her well in both her studies and her internship with us.”

Applications for the 2-year degree are currently being accepted for next October and for the new 3-year study option which begins in January 2015. Students wanting to enrol onto the degree can submit their application directly to the school, in addition to their UCAS applications, and can contact Gavin Fraser on 816333 or email gavinfraser@jerseyibs.com for further information.