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STEP Final 2016

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Last month the Department of Economic Development, in partnership with Standard Bank, hosted the 2016 STEP Final Awards which saw a number of students receive awards for their project work as part of the Island’s STEP Programme. 

Laurence Skelly, Minister of the Department of Economic Development, presented the awards and commented: 

'I was very impressed with the standard of work presented by the students at the 2016 STEP Final. The STEP Programme is a great way for local students to apply their skills to a work environment as well as showcase the diversity of opportunities available for returning graduates on the Isle of Man. 

‘This year we had 29 local companies take part in the Programme and host students throughout the summer. There was very positive feedback from the hosts as to the high calibre of students and the value their respective projects have added to their business. I would particularly like to thank Standard Bank for their sponsorship of this valuable Programme.’ 

The award for Most Enterprising Student went to Niamh Matthews who worked with the Department of Food and Agriculture (DEFA) on a project that looked at creating an Isle of Man Provenance label. 

Runner up for the Most Enterprising Student was awarded to Leo Morris who worked with DLP Limited in developing a remote control for a shower to help the assisted living sector. 

The Best Presentation award was presented to Joe Callaghan for his work on developing an App for the forestry division of DEFA. Runner up for the Best Presentation award was Joe Burrows for his work at the Welcome Centre. 

The judges also awarded a commendation to Todd Pilling for his work at Manx Utilities and Leanne Cubbon for her work at COLAS. 

Chris Till, CEO of Standard Bank Isle of Man, said: 

‘We are once again proud to support the STEP project and I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part. We also took part in the programme by providing placements for two students to undertake specific projects in the bank. The work they undertook will prove invaluable in the specific areas they worked with and their contribution is hugely appreciated. It is by developing and strengthening links between young people and business that we will attract the next generation of leaders and secure the future of this business on the Island.’ 

For more details on how to register as a host company or student for STEP 2017, please contact Stephen Hawke on +44 1624 682383 or by email at 

Further details about STEP can be found at /categories/working-in-the-isle-of-man/step-scheme/


All 2016 Winners (except Pilling )-min

The STEP 2016 winners (except Pilling) and Laurence Skelly, Minister for the Department of Economic Development

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