NIE Scholarship 'engineers' young talent


Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), the electricity network company, recently launched its scholarship for Electrical Engineering students in Queen’s University.

The scholarship, which is worth up to £24,000, is open to first year electrical engineering students. It includes a bursary and a book allowance every year, payment towards university fees, paid summer and one year training experience, a mentor and student membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Gordon Parkes, Human Resources Director at NIE said, "This is an exciting time to be involved in electric engineering. Our electricity network has to respond to significant challenges. We are renewing older parts of the network, integrating new ‘smart’ technologies and responding to the requirements of renewable energy. With these demands ahead of us it is vital we have the right skills in place to prepare for the future. Our NIE Scholarship programme aims to help develop young engineering talent. We offer the successful engineering students invaluable experience working on real projects with a confirmed opportunity of employment in a growing and fast moving sector."

Daniel Robinson and Mark Lindsay, were both awarded an NIE Scholarship last year and attended the launch to talk to first year students who are considering applying. Daniel said, "I’ve just completed my first summer placement where I worked with the renewable connection team on small scale generators such as wind turbines, and gained a really good understanding of the electricity industry. The scholarship is helping me develop my skills as an engineer."

Mark added, "I really enjoyed the responsibility and range of work that I was tasked with during my placement. It has provided me with a better perspective of the electricity industry that I can hopefully transfer to my academic studies this year. I would encourage all of the first year electrical engineering students to apply as this is a great opportunity not to be missed."

Professor Stan Scott, Head of the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's is delighted that the scholarship scheme has been launched. He said, "Improving the employability skills of our graduates is a key priority in the University’s new corporate plan. Working in partnership with NIE, through scholarships such as this, is essential in achieving this aim and gives our students an invaluable opportunity to experience top class engineering in a challenging commercial environment at first hand."

To apply for the NIE scholarship programme click here. Closing date is 14 November 2012.