More than 120 students have been awarded �200k in scholarships and prizes

�200k student funding to encourage next generation of engineers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has awarded £200k in scholarships and prizes to more than 120 students.

The winners, 25 per cent of which are young women, will receive their scholarships at the annual IET Ambition and Achievement Awards ceremony this week.

The IET said it awards the most outstanding undergraduates and postgraduates with scholarships ranging in value from £1,000 to £3,000 per annum for the duration of an IET accredited degree course.

Funding is also available to those in the university application process to reassure students concerned with the rise in tuition fees, that help is available.

“After an incredible year that saw the UK’s engineering ability showcased to the world, we are proud to acknowledge the next generation of engineers and technicians,” said Nigel Fine, chief executive, IET.

“The Ambition Awards celebrate the incredible wealth of talent this country has to offer, particularly the achievements of talented young students who I believe will go on to become great ambassadors for UK engineering.”

As students this week marched to mark the second anniversary of the tuition fees demonstration and to put this issue back on the political agenda, the IET wants to encourage students to consider the positive job prospects available with a career in science and engineering.

Findings from the IET’s ‘2012 Skills and Demand in Industry Survey’ consolidates this, as it revealed that for the first time since the recession, companies are more confident in expanding their engineering workforce.

The IET provides around £200,000 every year in awards and scholarships, to promote excellence in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technologists.

Earlier this year, the IET announced the launch of a £1million investment as part of its Diamond Jubilee Scholarships scheme targeting students applying for IET accredited courses in Computing, Electrical, Electronic and Manufacturing Engineering from 2013.

The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships will award every student achieving three A grades at A-Level £1,000 for each year of their degree.

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