A BURSARY aimed at giving young women in Guernsey the chance to develop essential life skills has been increased to £1,500.
Women in Professions, which provides networking and support for professional women in the Bailiwick, launched its bursary scheme in 2011 and is offering a bursary to enable a local woman between the ages of 18 and 25 the opportunity to broaden their skills by working with a voluntary organisation.
‘We know from our own membership that women in the Bailiwick possess outstanding skills, expertise and experience. Women are contributing at the very highest level but in order to do that effectively, we recognise that education is not enough,’ said Women in Professions’ president Elaine Gray.
‘Life experience develops skills which can not be learnt in the classroom but which are essential for moving organisations, in whatever industry, public or private. The aim of the Women in Professions bursary is to provide a future female bright star with the opportunity to develop and broaden those all important life skills which are invaluable at all stages of a career.’
The £1,500 will used for the cost of travel and living expenses during the placement which must be a minimum of four weeks, in any country and working with any organisation providing they are a registered charity.
‘We have tried to keep the criteria as broad as possible in order to allow applicants to choose charities which are close to their hearts and which they feel passionately about. By giving the opportunity to experience something they may not ordinarily be able to do, we are investing in the future generation of the island,’ said Advocate Gray. Applicants need to complete an application form, which includes questions about why the charity has been chosen, what they hope to achieve and why they think they should be chosen. Applications will be considered by a panel comprising of Advocate Gray, Women in Professions’ immediate past president Fionnuala Carvill and Magistrate Cherry McMillen who will shortlist three women for interview and then chose the successful applicant. On her return, the successful applicant will be asked to share their experiences with Women in Professions members.
The 2011 winner was Michelle Pearce who spent five weeks working with Forever Angels, a UK registered charity, which runs a home in Tanzania for orphaned and abandoned children up to the age of five years old. Last year’s winner was Jemma Burton who went to Sri Lanka with Guernsey charity Bridge2SriLanka.
‘Having heard Michelle and Jemma share their experiences with Women in Professions, it demonstrated that what we had set out to do had been achieved. Both are remarkable young women who clearly benefited from their time in Tanzania and Sri Lanka and I am sure will make invaluable contributions to the companies they work for and society as a whole,’ said Advocate Gray.
Application forms and further information are available from the Careers Service website, www.careers.gg or from WIP president Elaine Gray by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Closing date for applications is Friday 10th May 2013.