Press release

New IET Engineering Horizons Bursary Scheme boosts support for students and apprentices

21 March 2016

New IET Engineering Horizons Bursary Scheme boosts support for students and apprentices

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is launching a major new bursary scheme aimed at ensuring students and apprentices who have overcome obstacles or personal challenges get their chance to pursue their passion for engineering.

The Engineering Horizons prize scheme opens for entries today. Prizes will be awarded to students and apprentices who have been accepted on to an IET Accredited degree course in the UK with vocational qualifications, or the first year of an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme.

The winners will each receive an annual 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).

In addition to the money, they will also gain free membership of the IET for the duration of their course or apprenticeship and advice on EngTech or ICTTech registration and payment of their technician professional registration application fee. In return, bursary winners will be ambassadors for the IET and engineering.

Linda Deleay, IET Awards and Prizes Manager, said: “We have an established scholarships scheme – called Diamond Jubilee – for students studying on an IET accredited degree course after completing their A levels, which has grown substantially thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts.

“As the Professional Home for Life for engineers and technicians, we are pleased to launch the Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme for people who choose the vocational or apprenticeship route to an engineering career. As with the Diamond Jubilee scheme, we also hope partners will join us in contributing funds to expand the scheme over the coming years.”

Faye Banks, Chair of the Engineering Horizons Bursary Panel, added: “I am particularly pleased that these new awards will 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 that a career as an engineer or technician is a choice for anyone regardless of their background, gender, financial or personal circumstances.”

Entrants can find out more about the Engineering Horizon Bursaries and apply online at www.theiet.org/horizons before Thursday 13 October 2016. The first bursary payments will be made in January 2017.

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:

  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.