Gibtelecom launches ninth year of undergraduate scheme

Gibtelecom last week announced the start of recruitment for their Company Undergraduate Scheme, which is now in its ninth year. The scheme is aimed at students who have recently completed their A Levels and who will be going to university to study a technical discipline in September 2010.

Students who are accepted onto the Scheme receive support from Gibtelecom by means of a laptop computer, financial support and employment at the Company during university holidays. As the leading provider of telecommunications services on the Rock, Gibtelecom is looking to support students who have an interest in learning about the rapidly changing technological environment in which the Company operates.

The scheme has proved to be very successful, five of the students having subsequently found employment with the company on completion of their studies. Many of them graduate with valuable engineering, or IT skills, which not only serve Gibtelecom’s requirements but those of the wider community which is increasingly dependent on communications technologies.

Tommy Cornelio, one of Gibtelecom’s sponsored undergraduates, now works in the Company’s Internet services team. Tommy received support whilst studying for his BSc in Computer Science at Cardiff University, where he achieved a first class honours degree. When asked about his experience he said “I found the time working at the company during my holidays extremely valuable. The scheme played an important part in my career choice and decision to return to Gibraltar. I would like to thank the company and its employees for their support and the valuable experience I gained during my time at Gibtelecom.”

The Company runs this scheme alongside a work placement scheme (providing placement years for university students who are required to undertake a year in industry as part of their course), the Gibtelecom Apprenticeship Scheme (where thirteen apprentices to date have benefited from telecommunications training from Gibtelecom, in partnership with the Government of Gibraltar) and offering around 30 local university students employment over the summer break each year.

Gibtelecom’s CEO Tim Bristow commented on how “investing in home grown talent is proving to be hugely beneficial for the company, contributing to the development of a pool of highly motivated and driven graduates with increasingly essential IT and telecommunications skills.”


28 June 2010