The Institute of Directors has awarded bursaries to two College of Further Education students, Sam Sebire and Erin Renouf, who are heading to university this September.
The annual bursary award programme was launched this year by the Guernsey branch of the IoD and is aimed at identifying and providing opportunities for the entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future.
The bursary offers financial support and work experience to students from the CoFE who choose to continue their studies at university. The successful candidates will benefit from £2,000 and at least six weeks work experience each year as well as invitations to specific IoD networking events.
The IoD worked with the CoFE to formulate the framework for the bursary and agreed the criteria. Applicants were required to hold a confirmed place at university for a full time, three or four year course and to display confidence, ambition and consistent academic achievement.
Prior to their interviews all applicants were invited to attend an interview skills training workshop hosted by Carey Olsen which was designed and run by the firm’s assistant HR director, Gillian Gorvel. Unsuccessful applicants were offered the opportunity to be put in contact with relevant businesses for advice and to discuss their business aspirations.
Andrew Boyce, a committee member of the IoD, said: “The quality of applicants was excellent. They all demonstrated genuine passion and understanding of their chosen fields and interacted well with the panel.
“Sam and Erin stood out because of their academic success but also the level of thought and understanding they had put into their future plans. They are both highly determined individuals and I have no doubt that, with the help of the IoD bursary, they are both headed for success at university and in their chosen careers.
“The IoD aim to be ‘thought leaders’ in the business and wider community and we are deeply committed to the development of young talent. It is a pleasure to be able to support local students during their studies and we look forward to facilitating work experience for Sam and Erin during the holidays.”
Erin, who studied Health and Social Care at the CoFE, will be going on to study Social Work at London Southbank University.
“The financial support the IoD has given me will be invaluable once I get to University. My course is largely textbook based, and I will be travelling frequently, so the bursary will help a lot with covering these costs as London is an expensive place to live,” said Erin.
Sam, who will also be in London from September, will be studying Engineering at Brunel University. He was excited to have been awarded the bursary and said that the work experience will be important preparation for his future career.