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STEP 2003 Final 29 September 2003

The Shell Technology & Enterprise Programme (STEP) 2003 Local Final was held at the Isle of Man International Business School on Friday 5th September. The event was well attended by representatives from the students' host organisations, including Hon Pamela Crowe MLC, Minister for DoLGE. Martyn Quayle MHK, DTI Member attended, as did Hon Alex Downie MHK, DTI Minister, who presented the award to the Most Enterprising Student.

STEP is a highly successful summer student work placement programme. It is designed to help local employers overcome a specific business challenge using the skills and enthusiasm of a local undergraduate.

The winner this year was Jonson Brennan, who received the award for the Most Enterprising Student from Mr Downie. Jonson will now proceed to the UK North West Regional Final in Wigan on 30th September, from where, if he wins, he will proceed to the UK final in London on 29th October.

Jonson worked with Mike Shaw of Island Aggregates Ltd for the summer, producing a report entitled "Biodiversity in Action". The project's aim was to formulate a plan to restore a former gravel pit to create a bird sanctuary and associated habitats. Jonson will be entering his third year at the University of Leeds, studying Environmental Chemical Engineering.

The "Best Presentation" award was presented by Gordon Elston of Onchan Rotary Club, who+ kindly donated a plaque and prize. The winner of this award was Anna Richards, who worked with Desrae Armstrong of Securicor Isle of Man Ltd on a customer care programme and marketing strategy. Anna is studying Management at the University of St Andrews.

This year's judges, Maree Bashforth of the MEA, and Catherine Ashton of Douglas Corporation asked to make three "Judges' Recommendations" awards to:

  • Matthew Oram, working with Colas Holdings (IOM) Ltd on a report regarding the marketing and development of manufactured concrete blocks.
  • Peter Faragher, working with on a corporate intranet site.
  • Claire Jenkinson, working at DOLGE on a database for the Waste Operations Management Unit.

Both judges volunteered their services for STEP, and this year they judged from a record total of 22 reports and presentations. DTI Minister, Hon Alex Downie MHK commented, "The judges were faced with an exceptionally high standard of competition this year, and we are extremely grateful for their services."

The programme this year was run by Vicki Webster assisted by Mr Ian Moncrief-Scott, acting as marketing manager for the Programme. After the presentations, Vicki said, "It's been a great day for all involved, and I would like to thank all the students and organisations that took part. I am very much looking forward to the regional final in Wigan, and wish Jonson and Island Aggregates the best of luck with their presentation.".

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