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2020 Step Programme apps open for second year undergrads

Wed, 04 Dec 2019

James McGhee and Lawrence Skelly MHK
James McGhee and Lawrence Skelly MHK
The Department for Enterprise has now opened applications to undergraduates for the 2020 Step Programme sponsored by IQ-EQ Ltd. 
Undergraduates in their second or penultimate year of university off-Island or at University College Isle of Man are encouraged to apply. 
The Programme matches successful applicants with local private, public and third sector organisations to complete paid project placements during the summer break.
The 2020 Programme begins on 29th June, running for a fixed, eight-week period.
A final presentation event is being held on 21st August, where applicants have the chance to win prizes worth up to £350.
Participating undergraduates are required to produce a written report and present their project work, as well as feedback they receive from their host organisation.
37 undergraduates took part in the programme, competing for a range of awards and prizes.
Winner of Most Enterprising Student in the 2019 Programme, James McGhee, who completed a project on the medicinal and cannabis and industrial hemp industry with Business Isle of Man, commented: ‘I applied for the 2019 Step Programme because it is a great opportunity to gain experience and business skills that can be transferred to a future career. The programme is open to everyone, no matter what you are studying, and all the projects allocated had some relevance to either the applicant’s course or anticipated career.
‘I really enjoyed my experience and was happy to be working on a project which could have significant benefits for our Island. This programme is an exceptional initiative that I would strongly recommend to all undergraduates.’
Undergraduates must be in their second or penultimate year of university and ensure they are available to work from 29th June 2020 to 21st August 2020, with four days leave permitted. 
To find out more about the Step Programme, visit or contact the Enterprise Support team by email or phone 01624 687333.


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