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Local students with a keen interest in a digital career have gained vital experience with FCG, the Guernsey-based parent company of the UK insurance provider 1st CENTRAL, through the Discover Digital Summer Internship scheme.
The scheme, set up by Startup Guernsey and the Digital Greenhouse, provides students who are passionate about digital technology with practical experience in local companies and highlights the variety of exciting and challenging careers in the sector.
Three post-16 students Katie Marquand, Thomas Upson and Mikey Chammings spent five weeks with FCG between 17 July – 18 August, giving them an idea of what life really is like for a software developer in a professional organisation.
Development Manager Dan Edmunds, commented that it was important to integrate the Discover Digital interns into FCG’s unique culture, which pro-actively promotes the growth and wellbeing of its employees and has a keen focus on delivering a professional service, as well as giving them an understanding of the day to day tasks involved in a developer role at the organisation.
Utilising FCG’s core insurance platform Focus, the interns were given the responsibility to work as a self-managing sprint team, planning, organising and committing to their own workloads within FCG’s CSR project for the Youth Commission.
“We placed a great deal of responsibility on Katie, Thomas and Mikey. We had no idea what to expect and it has been testament to them how they have adapted to what is a technical and complex software product. Their ability to use the building blocks available to them from our core Focus product, to create the bespoke Youth Commission portals and supporting services has been a joy to watch in such a short space of time.
“We have been thoroughly impressed with their professional attitude and how well they have integrated themselves within the team - both in the workplace and socially. Their can-do attitude, whilst not being afraid to call on support from our senior developers when required, has been a pleasure to witness,’ said Mr Edmunds.
FCG is currently recruiting for a number of positions from those new to the FinTech industry through to senior roles. https://www.firstcentralgroup.com/Careers/Guernsey-vacancies