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Funding boost creates new engineering bursaries for students

Published: Tuesday, 18 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Support from three charitable organisations will allow the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to provide additional bursaries to students seeking a career in the sector.

The IET’s new bursary scheme provides support to students and apprentices who wish to pursue a career in engineering, and targets those who have had to overcome personal challenges to continue their education.

The scheme, called Engineering Horizons Bursaries, has been created in the face of an engineering skills shortage and hopes to be able make a career in the sector more accessible to students.

As a result of the funding, Lloyd’s Register Foundation will provide 12 bursaries, whilst the Engineers Trust (Worshipful Company of Engineers) and the Manly Trust will provide five and two respectively.

The extra number of bursaries will improve access to engineering undergraduate courses and apprenticeships for people who are passionate about a career in the sector, but are restricted by hardship.

Ensuring personal circumstances are not a barrier

Linda Deleay, IET Awards and Prizes Manager, said: “We have created this new scheme to ensure that personal circumstances are not a barrier for new talent entering the profession, whether that is at student or apprentice level.”

The IET hopes that the bursaries will show that a career as a technician or an engineer is open to anyone and is not dependent on background, financial position or gender.

John Robinson, Chairman at the Engineers Trust, said: “The Engineers Trust welcomes the IET initiative and is very pleased to support the Horizon Bursary Scheme which includes both engineering apprenticeships and undergraduate education.”

Those granted a bursary will receive £1,000 a year for the duration of their course or apprenticeship, and will receive the first payment at the start of 2017.

Successful applicants will have to start or be about to start an IET accredited degree course or IET approved apprenticeship.

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