The search is on for the next generation of engineering talent, with applications closing on January 14 at midday for students to apply to the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme.

The fully sponsored scholarship, part of children’s education charity, The Smallpeice Trust, aims to widen access and provide young people from all backgrounds with the chance to experience the exciting world of engineering.

Open to 16-year-old students across the UK, the Scholarship offers a two-year, fully funded programme of practical experience across a range of sectors, from marine to civil and aerospace engineering. Through the programme, students get to work alongside and learn from real-life industry experts, such as CrowdStrike, McLaren Racing and the RAF, experiencing what it takes to be a pioneering engineer.

Arkwright Engineering Scholars benefit from a range of enrichment opportunities to help them develop their unique interests, including:

A £600 financial bonus to fund technical or curriculum-based projects, the purchase of equipment and additional courses

Professional mentorship and networking opportunities with industry experts, providing practical advice and guidance with technical projects, further study and career pathways

Nationally recognised Scholarship certification to enhance university and apprenticeship applications

A £400 donation to schools of successful applicants, which they can utilise for STEM events and resources to benefit students

Dr Kevin P Stenson, CEO of The Smallpeice Trust, said:“It’s an honour to welcome students and schools to apply for the 2022 Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Programme. The 30th anniversary year of the programme provides a timely opportunity to celebrate the industry’s progress and achievements, whilst looking ahead to ways we can support the next generation of engineers and ensure a bright future.

“The Scholarship gives students unique access and insights into the dynamic world of engineering, from working on Typhoon jets, and the coding that enables modern products, to getting stuck into the mechanics of making chocolate. Practical opportunities such as this are key to inspire and nurture young talent and help address the engineering shortage.”

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme is open to all year 11 students in England and Wales, S4 students in Scotland and year 12 students in Northern Ireland.

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