Friday, 28 September 2007
BIG STEP FOR STAR STUDENT
Emily Garrick celebrates winning her award at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh.
GERMAN and business studies student Emily Garrick has won through to the UK final of Shell Step's annual search for the "Most Enterprising Student".
Emily, 19, from Lerwick, won a judges' commendation award at the Scotland and Northern Ireland final in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
Emily took part in the Shell Step programme and spent the summer undertaking a marketing and web development project for Lerwick-based Shetland Seafood Auctions Ltd's online trading system.
As a result of her work, new interest in the seafood industry has come from an additional 50 companies. Emily is a student at the University of Edinburgh.
Her efforts impressed a panel of judges at the Scotland and Northern Ireland final and earned her a trophy, a cheque for £300 and a coveted place in the UK final in London on 10th October.
At the final Emily will represent Scotland and Northern Ireland and compete against other undergraduates from all over the UK for the chance to be crowned the "UK's Most Enterprising Student 2007." The UK winner receives £1,000.
Emily said: "Shell Step has been an amazing experience and I am sure it has helped my employability. It has also helped me realise what I want to do in the future and that is to go back to Shetland and help the economy there."
Shetland Seafood Auctions manager Martin Leyland said: "Emily's project started out as a pilot in 2006 but it was very difficult for us to spend the required time to develop it while running a busy business. Emily has taken that project and breathed life into it and it will bring us success in the future."
John Hollowell of Shell Exploration & Production in Europe said: "Hundreds of students take on the Shell Step challenge each year. The experience they gain during a summer placement can make the transition from the world of study to the world of work that bit smoother. With so much competition, to make it to this stage is a fantastic achievement."
Scottish Government schools and skills minister Maureen Watt attended the award ceremony at The Hub in Edinburgh.
Ms Watt said: "Skills development is high on the Scottish government's agenda and I know that the skills and disciplines developed here will serve the students well when they enter the business environment."
Linda Robertson of Careers Scotland said: “Emily’s presentation went down really well. A lot of people were coming up to us to say she had done great and she was going to win.
“We were not that surprised to see her in the top three to be honest, because we had such good feedback from the audience after her presentation.”