Nearly half of this year’s IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships have been awarded to female engineering students.
An additional £1.2 million is being invested by the IET and its partners in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent over the next five years.
The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is now in its second year, and follows the £2 million figure that the IET has already invested last year. The scholarships will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Diamond Jubilee Scholars will also receive mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks, in an attempt to close the ever-growing skills gap.
This year, sixty-nine scholarships have been awarded to students who started either a master’s or an undergraduate engineering degree at a UK-based university in the autumn of 2014. Nearly half of these have been awarded to female candidates (42 per cent), up from just 19 per cent last year.
“The number of women in the engineering workforce is appallingly low, so we are really pleased that so many young women are making use of the financial help that is available via our scholarships,” says IET President William Webb.
“However, it’s not just women we need – it has been estimated that approximately 87,000 new engineers will be needed each year until 2020 to address the current skills shortage. It has never been more important to encourage young people to study engineering so that they are able to follow rewarding careers and, ultimately, protect the UK’s economic prosperity.”
The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme is open to all UK students hoping to achieve three A’s at A level, three A grade advanced highers, five A grade highers or an international baccalaureate diploma at 36 points or above and who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course.
Find out more about IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships at www.theiet.org/diamond.