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IoD members give 1,750 hours to coach young people

20 November 2013

Director Shadowing Ulster Bank

Directors in Northern Ireland have given up 1,750 hours of their time this year to allow young people the chance to gain significant insight into the local business world.
Institute of Directors (IoD NI) members and other senior business leaders have provided 50 sixth-form students from schools across the province with the opportunity to shadow them for a week to assist them in deciding upon their future career path.

The unrivalled experience of leadership is provided by the Institute of Directors Shadowing Scheme, supported by Ulster Bank.

Divisional Director of IoD NI, Linda Brown, said:

“Every young person selected for the Scheme is offered a five day placement to shadow a senior director or decision maker in private, public or third sector organisations. 

“The experience is invaluable for participants as it allows them to gain insight into the local business world, as well as an understanding of the sector and industry the students hope to work in post-education.”

At the end of the placement, the young participants write a 1500 word report on what they have learnt about the role, responsibilities and qualities required of a senior business leader.

Prizes are awarded to those deemed to have produced the best four reports, with one Shadow judged as the overall winner. 

This year’s winner was Orla Mallon from Sullivan Upper who shadowed Cary Thompson of Thales Air Defence.

The other three finalists were:

Kirsty McKinty, Larne Grammar School (shadowed Directors at Invest NI)

Robbie Reid, Belfast High School (shadowed Ashleen Feeney, Director at KPMG) and

Jessica Tinney, Foyle College (shadowed Simon Hunter of Hunter Apparel)

Linda  Brown continued:

“I know how difficult it can be for directors to find the time to help our local school children so I’m extremely grateful to all those who took part. 

“They really will have helped in developing our young talent and future business success stories.”


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