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Thursday, March 29, 2018

New scholarships, grants and awards launched for students and developing engineers

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The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), the professional engineering institution for the gas industry, has launched a new programme of scholarships, grants and awards to support young engineers in their pursuit of gas careers.

As reported by EU Skills, the utilities sector will need to fill nearly 221,000 roles by 2027, so as part of its commitment to support the gas engineers of the future, IGEM has launched three scholarships for students at different stages of their academic careers, plus grants to support those experiencing financial difficulties.

In addition, the EngTech of the Year Award will recognise and reward outstanding Engineering Technician members and the contribution they are making to the gas sector, industry and wider community.

The announcement was made by the Institution's President Sheila Lauchlan at IGEM's Sir Denis Rooke Memorial Lecture, at London's King's Fund, during which Professor Dame Ann Dowling spoke about the power of education, research and innovation.

Students who are currently on, or plan to read, an Engineering Council-accredited degree, are welcome to apply. The range of scholarships and grants includes:

  • Undergraduate scholarships up to £9,000
  • First year undergraduate scholarships up to £6,000
  • Postgraduate scholarships up to £6,500
  • Grants of up to £1,500 for those in financial need

The winner of EngTech of the Year Award will receive a cash prize of £1,500 to continue their activities in promoting engineering to young people.

These scholarships, grants and awards have been made possible by the generosity of past IGEM members.

President Sheila Lauchlan said: "A fifth of the utilities sector's 500,000-strong UK workforce will retire in the next ten years and around 90,000 more will move to other roles, creating 31,000 new jobs. If we can't find competent replacements for these workers, it could have major implications for the 65 million people who rely on these critical services every day.

"That's why, in 2018 - The Year of Engineering - IGEM's stated mission is to support the engineers of the future. We want to inspire innovation, entrepreneurship and personal development, plus recognise and reward the achievements of developing engineers wherever we can.

"The purpose of these scholarships, grants and awards is to support future engineers on their educational journey and beyond. In particular, we are keen to recognise the contribution of our EngTech members, many of whom will go on to become the engineering leaders of the future."