Press release

Funding boost sees 25 new IET engineering bursaries created

05 October 2016

Three charitable organisations have announced their support for the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) new bursary scheme which supports apprentices and students wishing to pursue a vocational route into engineering, and particularly those who have had to overcome personal challenges to continue an engineering education.

In the face of a nationwide engineering skills shortage, the new Engineering Horizons Bursaries aim to help more apprentices and students to become engineers by making an engineering career more accessible to them. Announcing their support for these bursaries are:

  • Lloyd’s Register Foundation – 12 bursaries
  • The Engineers Trust (Worshipful Company of Engineers) - five bursaries
  • The Manly Trust - two bursaries  

The increase in the number of bursaries will improve the access to engineering apprenticeships and undergraduate courses for people who are passionate about their work, yet restricted by hardship or personal disadvantage.

Linda Deleay, IET Awards and Prizes Manager, said: “We have created this new scheme to ensure that personal circumstances aren’t a barrier for new talent entering the profession whether that is at student or apprentice level.

“The generous support of our three partners means we can now award twenty-five bursaries this year, which sends a clear message: a career as an engineer or technician is a choice for anyone regardless of their background, gender, financial or personal circumstances. We hope to be able to offer many more in the coming years.”

John Robinson, Chairman at the Engineers Trust, said: “The Engineers Trust welcomes the IET initiative and is very pleased to support the Horizon Bursary Scheme which includes both engineering apprenticeships and undergraduate education. Horizon perfectly complements the Trust’s objective of supporting those entering engineering as a career and deserving of financial assistance.”

Margaret Manly, Chair of Trustees at The Manly Trust, said: "We are very pleased to support this new initiative from the IET, as it accords with our primary objective to encourage any young person to take an interest in and be inspired by STEM subjects. We are confident that the recipients of these new bursaries will ultimately become the professional engineers and technicians that this country needs and role models for others to follow."

Dr Tim Slingsby, Director of Skills and Education at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, said: “Lloyd’s Register Foundation is committed to widening access and bringing engineering-related education to disadvantaged or under-represented groups and inspiring the next generation of engineers. We are delighted to support the new IET Engineering Horizons bursary scheme and cannot wait to see the people that we support making a positive difference to the talent pool in engineering professions.”

Successful recipients of the bursaries will have completed a BTEC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma or other vocational qualification and should have started or will be about to start the first year of an IET approved apprenticeship scheme or an IET accredited degree course (up to four years). They will receive £1,000 per year for the duration of their apprenticeship or course. The first payments will be made in January 2017.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13 October 2016.

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