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Business shadowing scheme returns for students

Business shadowing scheme returns for students

Wednesday 02 December 2020

Business shadowing scheme returns for students

Wednesday 02 December 2020


The Institute of Directors will be resuming its annual Leadership Shadowing Scheme in April 2021.

The scheme, which gives students on-site placements to learn first-hand how leaders motivate, advise and support the people they work with, was due to relaunch this year with a renewed focus on leadership.

This was postponed due to the corona virus, but work has begun on next year’s initiative, as programme leader Rob Jones explains.

“We are so glad to be able to resume the Leadership Scheme in 2021 after such a disruptive year,” he said.

“We are currently visiting schools on the island to present them the benefits of shadowing, and so far, the reception has been really positive. Shifting the focus to leadership feels even more relevant after a year of both good and poor leadership, at a time when we are depending on our leaders more than ever.”

Students who are selected will ‘shadow’ a business leader over two or three days, to observe a variety of situations and ask questions about the leader’s approach to, and style of, leadership.

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 Pictured: the Leadership Shadowing Scheme gives students first-hand experience of how the Bailiwick's business leaders do their job.

When the shadowing is complete, students give a four-minute presentation to a panel of judges, and the top 10 students perform again at the offices of KPMG, sponsor of the event. The overall winner will be awarded the Martyn Mann trophy.

The scheme provides an opportunity for students to "build their network, enrich their CV, enhance their presentation and interview skills, and gain confidence in a workplace environment."

Applications will be opening in January 2021 on the IoD website, and will be open to all lower-sixth form students. Source Recruitment are managing the process, and will match students to leaders based on their applications.

“The IoD Leadership scheme has been running in Guernsey for over 20 years, and continues to receive huge recognition and support from the business community,” said KPMG Partner Linda Johnson.

“We are extremely proud of KPMG’s long-standing partnership with the IoD, and the commitment that the students, teachers and employers give to the scheme.”

Pictured top: the winners and runners-up of the 2019 Leadership Shadowing Scheme.

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