Press release

Students set to benefit from new engineering scholarships

07 February 2013

Engineering students who get three grade ‘A’s at A Level (or equivalent) are now eligible for a scholarship of £1,000 per year.

The new Diamond Jubilee Scholarships initiative from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will reward students who achieve three grade ‘A’s at A Level (or three ‘A’ grade Advanced Highers or five ‘A’ grade Highers) and start an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course this Autumn.  They will be entitled to an annual scholarship of £1,000 for up to four years.

The IET launched the Diamond Scholarships initiative to encourage bright young students to consider studying engineering and technology, and to go on to enjoy very rewarding and challenging careers.

Prof Andy Hopper, IET President, said: “Engineering and technology are thriving in the UK but there is a very real problem with skills shortages to fill the jobs available. The IET wants to encourage young people to study engineering and technology and go on to pursue careers in these sectors.

“Job prospects in these sectors continue to look strong, with companies continually seeking talented graduate engineers and scientists, as well as technicians and apprentices.”

The IET’s 2012 Skills and Demand in Industry Survey shows that, for the first time since the recession, companies are more confident in expanding their engineering workforce.

Starting salaries for graduate engineers and technicians are amongst the highest of all graduate salaries. But there still remains a national shortage of engineers. This new scholarship initiative is one of the many ways the IET is helping to address that shortage.

Students can now apply for the scholarships by visiting www.theiet.org/diamond.

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

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The IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries.

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