Three students have won a trip to London next year to attend the annual Institute of Directors Convention as part of the ‘Directors of Tomorrow’ competition.
The initiative, which is now in its fourth year, saw ten students join the island’s business leaders and politicians at the annual Institute of Directors Debate last month. The students were also provided with a unique opportunity to meet British broadcaster Nick Ross, as well as Simon Walker, Director General of the IoD and members of the Guernsey IoD committee, at a lunch prior to the debate.
Selected by their teachers for their interest in business and current affairs, the students came from The Ladies’ College, The Grammar School, Elizabeth College and The College of Further Education.
All of the students were then asked to write about their experience at the debate for the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to London to attend the Institute of Directors Annual Conference next year. The student blogs have now all been posted online by JT, the debate’s technical partner: http://www.jtglobal.com/Global/Global-Landing-Page/Careers/Vacancies/IODblog/.
Judged by representatives from the Institute of Directors, the winning blogs were written by Jake Delbridge from the Grammar School, Lydia Collas from The Ladies’ College and Jonathan Spicer from Elizabeth College.
During the debate, the students got a chance to speak up as moderator Nick Ross asked each student if they would return to the island; there was a mixed response from the students, as many agreed that there were more job opportunities further afield.
Hayley de Putron, patron of the ‘Directors of Tomorrow’ scheme, is pleased to support the island’s future business leaders in this way.
“The students were chosen by their schools for their interest in business and current affairs so I was very keen to read their impressions of the evening. The opinions of the younger generation are extremely important, particularly in light of what was discussed at the debate – they are our business and community leaders of the future so it’s important to understand their thoughts on the issues that are so crucial to Guernsey” she said.
Anne Ewing, the Guernsey Chair of the IoD, enjoyed reading the student’s thoughts.
“We were lucky to have the chance to sit down with the students and hear about them, and their views. All of the blogs were very impressive, but the winners showed a real understanding of the topics discussed at the event. They will be attending the national event in London where they will be hearing from some of the most influential global figures of our time – it really is a fantastic opportunity” she said.
Paul D Taylor, Managing Director JT Guernsey, the debate’s technical partner said, ‘We aimed to make this year’s event as interactive as possible for attendees using the unique instant participation technology. So we were also very pleased to get involved with this particular initiative enabling the students’ insights to be viewed online after the event and help publish them. Having read the blogs they are mature, well thought through and make a very interesting read from Guernsey’s potential business leaders of the future. I would encourage people to log on and read the young people’s thoughts.’
Last year’s Institute of Directors annual conference took place at the O2 Arena in London and saw local students join over 2,000 business leaders, who were to be addressed by an impressive line-up of high calibre speakers including deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene, managing director of LinkedIn EMEA Ariel Eckstein, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide chief executive Kevin Roberts and former Olympians Steve Backley and Roger Black.
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