A record number of prestigious engineering scholarships and bursaries have been awarded to some of the UK’s most passionate engineering students and apprentices by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), in a commitment to support the next generation of talent.
Responding to the engineering skills shortage, the IET and its funding partners were able to offer nearly three times the number of Engineering Horizons Bursaries this year – a rise from 26 in 2016 to 75 in 2017. The bursaries, which total to £1,000 per year of study or apprenticeship, help talented people facing financial difficulties realise their dreams to become engineers, whether through a degree or apprenticeship.
The young engineers received their awards at a ceremony held at IET London: Savoy Place alongside the IET’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarship winners. The scholarships were awarded to 75 talented students studying engineering degrees, bringing the total number of award recipients this year to 150 – the highest in the IET’s Awards scheme history.
IET President, Nick Winser, said; “I’d like to congratulate all the outstanding students and apprentices who are receiving scholarships and bursaries from the IET. This is only the second year of the IET’s Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme, and thanks to our funding partners, we have been able to help three times the amount of talented people facing financial difficulties realise their dreams to become engineers, whether through a degree or apprenticeship.”
“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.”
“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.”
The IET Engineering Horizons Bursaries were awarded to 53 students and 22 apprentices, with one third going to women. 48% of the Diamond Jubilee Scholarships were also received by women. They provide students with £1,000 per year of study on engineering degree or apprenticeship programmes, for up to four years.
Mark Goudie, Chair of the Engineering Horizons Bursary Panel, said: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the bursary recipients this year. I’ve been with the scheme since its inception, and I have seen the real impact that this can have on the lives of students and apprentices. The hard work and support of the IET’s generous sponsors has allowed the bursary scheme to go from strength to strength; providing a record number of bursaries this year.”
“Engineering, for me, is a fantastic career and it should be open to anyone, of any background. We are continuing to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of our profession, and schemes like the Engineering Horizons Bursary can support students and apprentices that have overcome personal challenges and financial difficulties, in their engineering journey.”
The 2017 IET scholarships and bursaries are funded by the IET with support from charitable foundations and engineering companies, including: BAE Systems, BT, Siemens, The Engineers Trust, The Manly Trust, Mr and Mrs Tubbs, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Belling Charitable Settlement, Thales, Exilarch’s Foundation, Nigel & Ruth Fine and National Grid.
Professor Bernard Weiss, Chair of the IET’s Scholarships Committee, said: “These highly sought-after awards are excellent recognition of the students’ academic and personal achievements. IET research shows that only 11% of the engineering and technical workforce is female, so it is welcome news to see almost half of the scholarships being awarded to women this year.
“The funding from donors means we have been able to significantly increase the number of awards given to students and apprentices to kick start their professional engineering careers year on year. Covering a broad range of disciplines, the awards programme reflects the diverse nature of modern engineering to provide a valuable pipeline for UK industry. I wish all of our future engineers success and hope they go on to have fulfilling careers.”
For more information about the IET’s Awards programme, visit: www.theiet.org/awards