Apprentice Engineer awarded IET Engineering Horizons Bursary

Issue date: 07 March 2017

Lee Walker, an apprentice and part time BEng Electronic Engineering student at UWE Bristol is the successful recipient of the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary supported by the Lloyd's Register Foundation.

Lee is one of 22 engineering or technology students to have received the award in the first year of the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme. The bursary will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Winners will also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET's extensive networks.

The investment is being made in collaboration with the Lloyd's Register Foundation, The Manly Trust, Engineers Trust (Worshipful Company of Engineers) and Mr. & Mrs Tubbs.

Lee, is an EDF Energy apprentice on the Technical Training Scheme working as an Apprentice Control and Instrumentation Engineer. He says, “I'm delighted to have been awarded this bursary. While getting my degree and completing my apprenticeship is my main goal, I believe it is the responsibility of everyone to give something back to the communities they live in.

“I've had the fantastic opportunity of having a lot of support, encouragement and mentorship and would like to pay this back to the next generation through participating in more STEM activities for use in schools. The opportunity to network with other engineers and the wider IET member base will also provide me with invaluable experience and connections that I can use throughout my career.”

Faye Banks, Chair of the Engineering Horizons Panel, says, “This contribution from our partners is fantastic and helps the IET's ongoing commitment to reduce the skills gap. We hope the scheme will continue to grow. By encouraging apprentices and students who are passionate about engineering, we know the bursary will put them on a path that is not only challenging and rewarding, but also vital to the UK economy. It was a very competitive process and all winners should be rightly proud of their achievements.”

Dr Catherine Hobbs, Head of Department: Engineering Design and Mathematics at UWE Bristol, says, “We are delighted that Lee Walker, a part time student on our BEng Electronic Engineering programme, has been awarded this prestigious bursary to study at UWE Bristol. It is excellent that the IET have recognised Lee's potential to succeed.”

Engineering graduates are excelling at UWE Bristol, with 92% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduation (HESA 2016). Established partnerships with top organisations such as HP, Rolls-Royce, GE (Aviation) and Intel ensure that teaching programmes are constantly reviewed to meet the evolving skills needs of the industry. For more information, visit the Engineering course page.

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