Ipes' bursary scheme is being hailed a success. The programme has now been running for several years and this month all three of the current students are undertaking their summer work placement in the Guernsey office.
As well as receiving an annual financial grant the students also benefit from completing 10 weeks paid work experience with Ipes during each year of their study.
Kirsty Jackson is Ipes’ most recent bursary student and is currently studying Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter. She says, “My time at Ipes has enabled me to develop skills beyond those used in my academic studies that will prove invaluable to any future career including time management and the ability to work effectively within a team.”
“Ipes has an overwhelming welcoming and friendly atmosphere and I have experienced nothing but support during my placement. It is a pleasure to return each holiday.” Kirsty concludes.
Luke Berry is in the final year of his degree at the University of Reading and is studying Mathematics. Luke says, “The scheme has really helped me over the last two years combined with my bursary money, having paid work during the holidays has really allowed me to focus on my studies whilst at university.”
Alastair Brown is currently studying Medicine at Imperial College London and is half way through his six year course. He says, “During my time at Ipes I have been able to work in a variety of departments including spending time in a number of Ipes’ client facing teams enabling me to acquire invaluable skills whilst experiencing different situations.'
Group HR Manager Teresa Jackson-Guillou, says “We are delighted the Ipes bursary scheme has been so successful and the students have got so much out of it. As a local employer Ipes was keen to support students whose knowledge and experience will be of future benefit to the island’s economy.”
“We know that being a student is expensive and we hope through this scheme we have been able to help make a difference to these student’s experiences through alleviating the financial pressure in a small way.” Teresa concludes.