Cundall is delighted to once again support two sixth form students in exploring engineering careers through the Arkwright Scholarships Trust. This year, the Arkwright Scholarships Trust marked its largest ever award of scholarships to future leaders in the engineering profession, with 410 scholarships awarded to students from across the UK.
The aim of the scholarships programme is to ensure that high potential young people stay engaged in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers pipeline. The engagement of potential engineering talent at an early stage is a key strand of Cundall’s “responsibility” strategy, and our work with Arkwright is just one element of our educational outreach work.
We support our Arkwright students with an annual financial award to support their further engineering studies and/or research, as well as with mentoring and work experience opportunities. It is our hope that we can raise the students’ awareness of the huge range of exciting and challenging careers on offer in the sector, and that they will go on to study engineering at university, before embarking on long and rewarding careers.
Whilst attending the awards ceremony in London in November, our HR Partner, Carole O’Neil, was delighted to meet up with one of our 2013/14 “Year in Industry” students – Sarah Linnell - who was one of only seven students to be awarded an Arkwright Undergraduate Scholarship. These prestigious awards are worth £82,000 in total, and competition for the scholarships is fierce.
In chatting with Sarah and her parents, Carole comments “it was clear that they all felt the experience that Sarah had gained with Cundall was a factor in her success, and that it is already standing her in extremely good stead as she pursues her Architectural Engineering studies at Bath University. As the recipient of an ICE Scholarship, as well as the Arkwright Award, Sarah is a huge potential talent within the industry, and we look forward to keeping in touch with her and to welcoming her back for further work experience throughout her academic studies.”
Our work with the Engineering Development Trust includes “Year in Industry” placements such as that undertaken by Sarah (we have three “YINI” students working on projects within the business in 2014/15), as well as mentoring for sixth form students through the “Engineering Education Scheme.”