A week-long work experience programme arranged by Jersey Finance, in partnership with Education, Sport and Culture brings multiple benefits to both the students and businesses that participate.

Eighteen students from the island’s a-level colleges recently spent a week with eleven participating finance firms learning a host of employment skills and understanding the factors that they will need to consider before and during their career.

The students gained a range of valuable skills from the experience including self management, communication and social skills and the confidence to solve problems. Students also benefitted from building their knowledge of the finance industry as well as customer awareness and IT skills.

Rufus Scholefield, a student from Victoria College, was placed with accountancy firm PwC. He hoped the experience would assist his job opportunities for the future, he commented: “Your Life in Finance was hard work but I learnt a lot from it. I know that funds and investment would be my chosen area of the finance industry and I really enjoyed being part of an office atmosphere and meeting colleagues.”

State Street also participated in the scheme, welcoming Samuel Ward from De La Salle College to the business. Kelly Keating, Resourcing Advisor from State Street, added: “We were very impressed with the standard of work and commitment that Samuel showed over the week, particularly the project that he was assigned and then presented back. The scheme is important as it gives students the opportunity to understand working in an office environment and gives employers an insight into the young talent in the Island.”

Carla Harris, communications manager at Jersey Finance, commented: “Your Life in Finance is about students getting a taste of the real world of work. It’s about getting them to think on their feet, use their initiative and act responsibly in a completely new environment. The goal is that they go back to their final year of education motivated to do the best they can. We believe we have achieved this and enhanced the students’ employment opportunities when they finish school.”

 

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For further information, please contact Leah Dunford at Crystal Public Relations on tel. +44 (0) 1534 618613 or e-mail leah@crystalpr.co.uk