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More than half of engineering scholarships to go to young women

Published: Saturday, 18 February 2017   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

More than half of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Diamond Jubilee Scholarships have been awarded to females for the first time ever.

Each scholarship is worth at least £1,000 per year, for up to three years for Bachelors and four years for MEng, to students who are about to start an IET accredited degree course in autumn 2017.

The move comes in response to an engineering skills shortage, and the fact that only 9% of UK engineers are female.

As a result, 51 of the 100 students awarded a scholarship were female and will also receive support throughout their engineering degree programmes.

Those who have been selected as scholarship winners are also expected to act as ambassadors for the IET and engineering.

Another first for the IET

In another first, 26 IET Engineering Horizons Bursaries have been awarded to support students and apprentices who have faced financial hardship or personal difficulties.

IET President Jeremy Watson CBE said: “Engineering is an exciting and diverse career with the opportunity to change lives – and the world – and we want to get this message out to as many people as possible.”

The investment is also an attempt to attract more young people into engineering, especially those who did not initially view it as a career option.

Funding for the scholarships and bursaries comes from the IET, as well as engineering companies including BAE Systems, BT, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Siemens, The Engineers Trust, The ERA Foundation, The Manly Trust, Mr and Mrs Tubbs and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Mr Watson continued: “I hope that the support we are providing through these scholarships and bursaries will enable all these students and apprentices to complete their studies and lead them onto long and rewarding careers in engineering.”

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