The bursary of up to £5,000 for each year of study is designed to help those wanting to study at degree level to pursue subjects of their choice, even if not directly related to finance. The JSCCA will also help to organise paid work experience for bursary recipients with local employers during the holidays.
Last year’s main bursary was awarded to Lucy Clark, who is studying business and accounting at Edinburgh, with discretionary awards for Luke Glover who is studying economics at Durham and Harry Hutchinson studying history at Exeter.
JSCCA head of training James de Veulle said: ‘We are keen to help ensure that Jersey’s potential future business leaders have the opportunity to pursue the academic pathway of their choice and fulfil their potential.
‘Accountancy higher apprenticeships for school leavers have increased significantly in popularity for both employers and students, but although these on-Island routes to an accountancy career are excellent opportunities, the JSCCA also sees a degree education continuing to offer significant value to students in terms of both academic and intellectual education and building cultural and global awareness essential in today’s working environment.
‘This bursary aims to help prevent local students’ career options being narrowed by financial cost, encourage local talent to return to the Island after university and fill the ongoing demand for qualified accountants in local businesses, both in and beyond the finance sector.’
Mr de Veulle added that even though the States Education Department had lodged new funding proposals for higher education, the financial commitment of funding a university degree education could still be prohibitive to local families, particularly those with more than one child to fund through university.
The closing date for applications, for the coming academic year commencing in September, is Friday 16 March 2018. Application forms can be downloaded from the website jscca.org. The application process involves initial screening looking at predicted A-level grades and motivation to attend university and return to the Island to pursue a career in accountancy. This will be followed by a face to face interview for short-listed candidates. For further information email secretary@jscca.