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Winners announced at 2023 Step Programme Final 

Students presented projects at Woodbourne House

More than 25 Manx undergraduate students showcased their completed projects at the 2023 Step Programme Final on Friday (1 September) at Woodbourne House.

The Step Programme matches students with local businesses and organisations to complete project placements for eight-weeks over the summer holidays.

This year saw hosts range from Government Departments to local businesses and charities.

Students presented projects based on their eight-week placements to Ministers, local businesses and other students, with projects ranging from blue carbon to engagement strategies and product testing.

This year’s ‘Most Enterprising Student’ was awarded to Ben McGee, who completed a project on Preparation for Lexcel Accreditation with the Attorney General’s Chamber, and Ellen Rumney at Manx Utilities was awarded Runner Up Most Enterprising Student.

Ben said: "I am thrilled to have won the Most Enterprising Student award today. Over the past eight weeks, I have really enjoyed my time working at Attorney General’s Chambers. I’m extremely grateful to all of the staff at Chambers for the guidance and support that they have shown me as this award would not have been possible without them.

"I would recommend any students in their second year at university to get involved with the Step Programme. This placement was a great opportunity for me to learn new skills and gain valuable experience in the workplace."

The following students also received special recognition:

  • Niamh Rowe was awarded Best Report, sponsored by Finance Isle of Man
  • Oliver Hill was awarded Best Presentation, sponsored by Digital Isle of Man
  • Robert Kirby and Charlotte Gordon were awarded the Judges Commendation, sponsored by Visit Isle of Man

Minister for Enterprise, Tim Johnston MHK commented: "Congratulations to all students who completed the 2023 STEP Programme. The final event was a fantastic celebration of the student’s achievements and showcased the variety of young talent we have here in the Isle of Man."

Prospective student and hosts for the Step 2024 programme are encouraged to register their interest by emailing step@gov.im. 

Students must be in their second year of a three-year degree course, or the second or third year of a four-year degree course to take part.

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