Technology solutions provider C5 Alliance has launched its sixth undergraduate bursary which is focused on equipping local students for the technological revolution.
The firm recognises that investment in education and skills development is vital for the industry to continue to grow and profit and, as the largest technology solutions provider in the Channel Islands, is looking to empower the next generation of IT talent.
This is in line with national and global expectations that technology skills are a must-have for the future.
When delivering the Autumn Budget of 2017, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged £500m investment in the technology industry in support of a range of digital, data and technological projects.
Although the country is still suffering from a significant skills shortage in the sector Mr Hammond confidently announced that “Britain is genuinely at the forefront of this technological revolution”. And the Channel Islands will need to at least match the UK’s capability.
C5’s bursary provides funding for students applying to undertake an undergraduate degree in a STEM (Science-based, Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics) subject.
Head of Professional Services at C5 Alliance Simon Tidd said: “We’re looking for students with a passion for technology to be a part of the upcoming revolution. Our young people are vital for Guernsey’s industry and we recognise the need to enable them to develop and strengthen their skills.
“As a firm we are committed to investing in the islands’ young talent and actively encourage them to bring their expertise and creativity back to the island which is why we offer a graduate bursary scheme and an entry-level academy.”
C5 understands that financial funding alone isn’t enough to inspire the Artificial Intelligence (AI) creators of the future. Therefore, C5 will also provide the successful candidate with a dedicated mentor to assist and advise on their current programme of study as well as the opportunity to undertake summer work with the company.
In 2017 the firm awarded a bursary to Ladies’ College student Jessica Salisbury who is currently studying towards a BSC in Natural Sciences at Durham University and hoping to go on to study towards an MSci in Maths and Chemistry.
“The C5 Alliance bursary is one of the only Guernsey bursaries available to support students wishing to study a science degree. The bursary has helped me to start my career in the technology sector and I am very much looking forward to working at C5 this summer,” said Miss Salisbury.
Applicants interested in being part of the technological revolution are asked to visit www.c5alliance.com/careers and complete the bursary scheme application form.
Applications close at 5pm on Friday 27 April 2018. Successful applicants will be notified later in the year.