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Disadvantaged young engineers set to benefit from IET scheme

Published: Thursday, 11 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new bursary scheme has been set up by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in order to support engineering students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Engineering Horizons Bursary will support six promising engineers who have had to overcome challenges in their life and provide them with £1,000 annually throughout the duration of their course for their studies.

Three university-level students who have been accepted on to an IET Accredited degree course will be selected for the bursary, alongside three apprentices from the first year of IET Approved Apprenticeship schemes.

No barriers for a career in engineering

The awards were created in order to ensure that there is not a barrier for new talent to enter into the engineering industry, according to Linda Deleay, IET Manager for awards and prizes.

It is hoped that the bursaries will send a clear message that a career as a technician or engineer is choice for anyone no matter their personal circumstances, financial, gender or background.

On top of the financial support that is on offer, winners will also be given free IET membership during their apprenticeship or university course. 

Also, the opportunity to act in an ambassadorial role for the IET, bursary scheme and engineering industry as a whole will be put forward.

Securing a full-time position

Those who have received advice and support from the IET have hailed how vital it was for them to find a full-time position within the industry, following their apprenticeship or university course.

Faye Bank, now head of North East Operations for National Grid, and an adviser to the Engineering Horizons panel, believes young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can be difficult to reach, but encouraged them to apply for the scheme before it closes on 13 October.

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