A Newtownabbey pupil has been awarded a prestigious prize in a scheme designed to help young people experience business leadership.
Robbie Reid, from Belfast High School, was one of 50 pupils from across the province to take part in the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director Shadowing Scheme.
He has also been presented with one of just four top accolades for his follow up report on the week-long experience.
Directors in Northern Ireland have given up 1,750 hours of their time this year to allow the young people to shadow them and assist in deciding upon their future career path.
Divisional director of Institute of Directors, NI, Linda Brown, said: “Every young person selected for the scheme, which is supported by the Ulster Bank, is offered a five day placement to shadow a senior director or decision maker in private, public or third sector organisations.
“The experience is invaluable for participants as it allows them to gain significant insight into the local business world, as well as an understanding of the sector and industry the students hope to work in post-education.”
At the end of the placement, the young participants had to write a 1500 word report on what they have learnt about the role, responsibilities and qualities required of a senior business leader.
Robbie was one of four finalists chosen for his report on his time with Ashleen Feeney, Director at KPMG.
The other three finalists were: Orla Mallon from Sullivan Upper (Overall Winner- shadowed Cary Thompson of Thales Air Defence)
Kirsty McKinty, Larne Grammar School (shadowed Directors at Invest NI).
Jessica Tinney, Foyle College (shadowed Simon Hunter of Hunter Apparel)
Linda Brown continued: “I know how difficult it can be for directors to find the time to help our local school children so I’m extremely grateful to all those who took part.
“They really will have helped in developing our young talent and future business success stories.
The Institute of Directors NI represents the business community of Northern Ireland.
The division has around 900 directors and senior decision makers making up its membership.
The head office is found within the Queen’s University Executive Education Centre at Stranmillis in Belfast.
The division also offers the IoD Chartered Director Programme modules run by Director Development Ireland .
It also hosts events ranging from business seminars to social gatherings