More sixth form students than ever before are taking part in a work experience programme organised by Jersey Finance in partnership with Careers Jersey next week.

35 students will undertake a week’s work experience at various local financial services firms between 16th and 20th July, as part of Jersey Finance’s biggest ever ‘Life in Finance’ programme, an increase of 94% on when the scheme was run last year.

In addition, the students will also take part in an introductory session on Friday 13th July at Jersey Finance’s offices, when students will explore what they need to do and know when they begin working.

More local firms are involved in this year’s programme than ever before too, with 25 different firms hosting the students. They are ABN Amro, Affinity Private Wealth, Appleby, Barclays Wealth Management, , Capita, Collas Crill, Deutsche Bank, EFG, Hawksford, HSBC, IPES, Jersey Trust Company, Jersey International Business School, JP Morgan, KPMG, Lloyds TSB, Mourant Ozannes, Ogier, PwC, RBC, RBS International Corporate Banking, Sator Regulatory Consulting Limited, Standard Bank, Stonehage and Vistra.

Now in its fourth year, the Life in Finance programme provides a practical way for students to gain new business and personal skills, learn about the finance industry and gain an insight into the diverse careers opportunities available. It offers week-long work placements for year 12 students from schools across the Island who are considering a career within the finance industry. To date, the programme has been supported by 35+ member firms engaging over 100 students.

Carla Harris, communications manager at Jersey Finance, commented:

“Not only are we able to offer placements to more students than ever before as part of the scheme this year, but we also had an overwhelming number of applications from students too. This clearly reflects the importance they place on work experience as a way to develop their employability skills, particularly in a persistently challenging job market. That more firms than ever before are supporting the scheme this year is fantastic too, as it simply wouldn’t happen without their commitment and enthusiasm.”

Mario Lundy, Careers Jersey, said:

“This work experience programme offers a fantastic opportunity for work-based learning, which can really help students on a number of levels. As well as providing them with new experiences, it also gives them a unique opportunity to acquire an insight into the career choices that exist within the finance industry and a chance to demonstrate their employability skills to potential future employers – all of which are absolutely vital for young people in the current tough job market.”