The IET launches second year of landmark bursary scheme for future engineers with support from National Grid
Published: 28 Apr 2017 By Georgina Bloomfield
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling for promising future engineers to apply for its Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme, which offers support to students and apprentices who have faced obstacles or personal challenges and need financial assistance to help them during their studies or apprenticeship.
This year’s scheme is opening with an initial 10 grants supported by National Grid.
Funding will be awarded to students on an IET accredited degree course in the UK and apprentices on an IET approved apprenticeship scheme. They will each receive an award of £1,000 per year for the duration of their degree course (up to three years for BEng and four years for MEng) or apprenticeship (up to four years).
Bursary winners will also benefit from a range of support from the IET and, in return, will be great role models for engineering.
Layla Graham, who received a bursary last year supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, says the funding makes it possible for her to attend training events and get involved in volunteering opportunities that she otherwise would have to miss out on:
“I was honoured to receive the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary, it’s fantastic how the IET recognises student engineers who have come from different backgrounds and qualifications to get onto a degree programme. As a student and mother of a young family I am using the bursary to enable me to volunteer.”
Jeremy Watson, IET President, adds: “We have created these awards to ensure that personal circumstances aren’t a barrier for new talent entering the profession whether that is at student or apprentice level.
“These awards send a clear message to young people: a career as an engineer or technician is a choice for anyone regardless of their background, gender, financial or personal circumstances. We are delighted that National Grid have pledged to support this programme and strongly encourage more companies to come forward and engage with these future engineers.”
David Wright, Director Electricity Transmission Owner & Group Electricity Chief Engineer for National Grid, comments: “We are really proud to support the IET’s Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme this year. National Grid is an engineering company committed to developing a skilled workforce and a diverse pipeline of talent for the future.
“Becoming an engineer is a great career choice. The Energy systems of the future play a vital role and are rapidly changing, so why not be part of solving some of the greatest challenges we face?”
Read more and apply for an Engineering Horizons Bursary at www.theiet.org/horizons before Thursday 12 October 2017.