The Appleby Academy first launched in 2012, empowering students on the Isle of Man to become business minded over a 12-week programme.

If Year 13 students want to take part, they must first register their interest and then investigate a particular business challenge set out by the law firm, covering a broad range of business scenarios. With the help of an Appleby mentor, they must produce a report which is marked independently.

The top three students are then tasked with delivering their presentations to a panel of judges from the local business community, with the chosen winner going on to complete a paid, summer placement at Appleby.

Previous topics have included supporting the mental well-being of employees, increasing colleague integration and corporate social responsibility.

Caitlin Collister, former Ballakermeen High School student and winner of the Appleby Academy 2017/18, said: “The Appleby Academy was such a worthwhile experience and I’m so pleased that I decided to apply for the programme. Although it was challenging at times, I have been able to take something away from every step of the process, building confidence along the way.

“The placement has been hugely valuable and has given me a solid understanding of how a business operates. I have spent time with multiple departments including HR, Learning & Development, Marketing and Dispute Resolution, providing me with a broad and exciting experience which I chartered in my recent blog for Appleby. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Appleby and would encourage students to get involved in this programme.”

Following her summer placement, Caitlin will start a Business Management degree in September at Nottingham Trent University.

Faye Moffett, Managing Partner of Appleby’s Isle of Man office, said: “We are delighted to launch the Appleby Academy for the seventh consecutive year and are looking forward to meeting the next set of applicants. Supporting and nurturing young people and helping them to build confidence and develop and progress their business skills is key to our ethos, and the Appleby Academy does a great job in achieving this.

“The skills and experience students gain throughout the programme will be beneficial for any career, whether you are planning to go to university, stay in further education on the Isle of Man or go straight into work.”

The Appleby Academy is open to all upper sixth form students, regardless of their plans following high school. Students do not have to be interested in a law career to apply; the placement is geared towards the winner’s business interests.

Sue Cook, Chief Executive at Junior Achievement Isle of Man, added: “Appleby does a fantastic job of fostering local talent and we are delighted to work with them once again for the Appleby Academy. This programme provides students with great experience and helps to develop key skills that are desired in the workplace – good luck to all applicants!”

The deadline for registration is Friday 5 October 2018. To register or for more information, please visit www.applebyglobal.com/applebyacademy

For more information on Caitlin’s placement at Appleby please visit: www.applebyglobal.com/news/news-2018/appleby-academy-student-blog.aspx

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