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Shell Technology Enterprise Programme 2007 31 January 2007

The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP) for 2007.

STEP is a government backed scheme that, in partnership with Shell, supports small businesses by placing a suitable undergraduate in businesses or organisations to assist in kick-starting a project by providing expertise and enthusiasm for a few weeks during the summer vacation.

The DTI has administered STEP on the Isle of Man for the last eight years during which time more than a hundred businesses have benefited from the work of talented undergraduates who have been able to focus in and concentrate on delivering a specific project within a maximum eight week period. In return the under graduate benefits from working in a business environment on a project that can make a real difference to the business concerned. In an Isle of Man context this also helps to make the under graduate aware of the wealth of opportunity available to them in the local economy and puts them first in line in the job market when they graduate.

An exit survey completed after STEP 2006 revealed that 94 per cent of employers felt their project would have a positive impact on their business's future performance with 96 per cent stating that the benefits were equal to or exceeded the costs of taking part. Of the participating students, 98 per cent felt their employability had improved as a result of participating in Shell Step.

Launching this year’s Programme, David Cretney, MHK, Minister for the Department of Trade & Industry commented “we have already had a considerable amount of interest from local businesses keen to participate this year and it looks like there will be some very exciting and worthwhile projects available. If there are any other local businesses with projects that need a kick-start, this is a real opportunity to make change happen and I would encourage them to apply to the Programme. Likewise,” he added, “if any students feel they could offer their skills, they should consider registering now for this year’s programme.”

The projects culminate in a local competition where students present their project to a panel of judges. The best overall student is selected for entry into a UK regional Shell Step competition where they compete for the prestigious title of Most Enterprising Student and, if successful here, ultimately to the national competition.

Applications to join the scheme can be made on www.shellstep.org.uk. Alternatively, for further information and guidance please contact:

Ms Kathryn Butler
STEP Programme Manager
Department of Trade & Industry
Tel: 682383
Hon. David Cretney,
MHK Minister for the Department of Trade and Industry
Tel: 453011

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