Local apprentices win national bursary for engineering talent

Belfast based Sinead Norwood and Stephen McGrath, apprentices at NIE Networks, have celebrated their success after receiving an Engineering Horizons Bursary by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The Engineering Horizons Bursary has been awarded to apprentices who are passionate about engineering and have taken up an apprenticeship which has been approved by the IET.

In this second year of the scheme, 75 bursaries have been awarded to apprentices and students. The scheme helps those who are on or entering an apprenticeship or an engineering degree programme, who have qualifications such as a BTEC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma or other vocational qualifications, as well as those in challenging circumstances. The sponsorship will be £1,000 for up to four years and winners also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks.

Raymond McMenemy, NIE Networks Training Manager, is delighted that Stephen and Sinead have been awarded the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary. He added: “This is an excellent opportunity for Stephen and Sinead. They will now be able to attend training events and get involved in volunteering opportunities that would otherwise not have been possible.”

Nick Winser, IET President commented: “We’re thrilled to have been able to support talented apprentices and undergraduate students who have overcome obstacles and personal challenges to pursue an engineering education and career for the second year in a row.

“We hope that the scheme will continue to grow and we will build the number of our bursary winners, who have a passion for engineering and are keen to promote engineering to others.”

The investment is being made in collaboration with Exilarch’s Foundation, The Engineers Trust (Worshipful Company of Engineers), The Manly Trust , Nigel and Ruth Fine, Mr & Mrs Tubbs, National Grid and  Siemens.

The IET Engineering Horizons Bursary programme is open to all UK apprentices in any year on an IET approved apprenticeship scheme. Those who are selected will receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.

Prospective apprentices who are wishing to apply for an Engineering Horizons Bursary can apply online soon. See www.theiet.org/horizons