Applications invited for the 2019/20 Appleby Academy Programme

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Leading offshore law firm Appleby, in partnership with Manx-registered charity Junior Achievement Isle of Man, is once again offering upper sixth form students across the Island’s schools the opportunity to gain real life work experience in a global organisation.

First launched in 2012, the Appleby Academy aims to empower students on the Isle of Man to become business minded across a 12-week programme.

Year 13 students who choose to take part in this year’s programme must select and investigate one of the business challenges set out by the law firm. A report must then be drafted by the student who will be supported by an Appleby mentor.

The report will then be marked independently and the top three students are tasked with delivering their presentations to a panel of judges from the local business community, where the chosen winner will go on to complete a paid, summer placement at Appleby in the Isle of Man.

Previously topics have included Information Technology, Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Resources, and Marketing Communications.

Drew Fleming, former Castle Rushen High School student and winner of the Appleby Academy 2018/19, said:

“The Appleby Academy is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I spent time working with the Marketing and HR teams at Appleby and have learnt so much from it.

“As well as growing my confidence it also helped me to bolster my CV and provided me with an unrivalled standard of work experience at such a young age, which I’m hopeful will put me in good stead for the future. I would definitely encourage others to apply for the programme, regardless of what your plans are after you finish sixth form.”

Following his summer placement, Drew has recently started an Events Management and Marketing Degree at University College Isle of Man.

Faye Moffett, Managing Partner of Appleby’s Isle of Man office, said:

“The Appleby Academy has proven to be a valuable programme for students looking to enhance their experience and we are delighted to be launching it again for the eighth consecutive year.

“Through the Appleby Academy we aim to support and nurture young people, helping them to build confidence and develop their business skills. This is a key part of our ethos and one of the reasons behind its continued success. I look forward to meeting this year’s set of candidates and seeing the great work that these young people can deliver.”

The Appleby Academy is open to all upper sixth form students, regardless of their plans following high school. Students do not have to be interested in a career in law to apply; the placement is geared towards the winner’s business interests. 

Sue Cook, Chief Executive at Junior Achievement Isle of Man, added:

“Appleby does a fantastic job of fostering local talent and we are delighted to work with them once again for the Appleby Academy. This programme provides students with great experience and helps to develop key skills that are desired in the workplace – good luck to all applicants!”

The deadline for registering an interest in this year’s Appleby Academy is 4 October 2019. To register or for more information, please visit 

Pictured - Appleby Academy 2018/19 winner Drew Fleming pictured with (left to right) Faye Moffett, Bill Shimmins MHK, Sheila Lowe, Claire Milne


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