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Applications open for C5’s bursary

April 1, 2019
Chris Ash new MD in Guernsey

Local students who are currently applying for scientific, engineering or computer science degree subjects at university and have a passion for technology are being encouraged to apply for the C5 Alliance Guernsey bursary.

Chosen students will receive £1,500 towards their university degree as well as the opportunity to be fully immersed in life at the Channel Island technology company during a paid placement.

Chris Ash , Head of Project Delivery at C5, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer students a contribution towards their studies. The scheme provides an excellent opportunity to make lasting connections with our experts across Guernsey and Jersey. The placement will develop the students’ skills as well as their technological expertise.

“We are committed to investing in our talented young people and want to work closely with them to give them the best start in their career.”

During the six-week placement, students will work alongside other bursary students and C5 experts. They will attend team meetings, get involved in client projects and learn about different aspects of the business crucially helping them to understand what it is like to work in the technology industry.

Last year the bursary students took part in an Idea-athon, which saw groups of C5 developers and analysts, work together to brainstorm ideas and solutions to local issues. The winning group came up with the concept of the ‘Coastal Clean Up’ app, and this idea has now been turned into reality. The app ‘gameifies’ plastic pollution collection and is hoped to have a positive impact on our coastlines.

Daniel Wainwright, software developer at Bloomberg and former C5 bursary student, said: “The best part of the scheme was taking part in the ‘Coastal Clean Up’ app project as it allowed me to try my hand at managing a team of developers – something very few university leavers can say they’ve done.

“The scheme is gold dust to any students that are aspiring developers, it provided me with a wealth of valuable experiences that prepared me for the industry and also made me more confident, both as an employee and a developer.”

Applicants interested in the bursary can find out more information here or come along to the C5 Alliance stand at the EY Careers Fair on 3 and 4 April at Beau Sejour.

Application forms must be returned to by 5pm on Friday 26 April 2019.