Disadvantaged young engineers set to benefit from IET scheme

Gradplus have reported a news on a new bursary scheme has been set up by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in order to support engineering students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Engineering Horizons Bursary will support six promising engineers who have had to overcome challenges in their life and provide them with £1,000 annually throughout the duration of their course for their studies.
Three university-level students who have been accepted on to an IET Accredited degree course will be selected for the bursary, alongside three apprentices from the first year of IET Approved Apprenticeship schemes.
No barriers for a career in engineering
The awards were created in order to ensure that there is not a barrier for new talent to enter into the engineering industry, according to Linda Deleay, IET Manager for awards and prizes.
It is hoped that the bursaries will send a clear message that a career as a technician or engineer is choice for anyone no matter their personal circumstances, financial, gender or background.
On top of the financial support that is on offer, winners will also be given free IET membership during their apprenticeship or university course.
Also, the opportunity to act in an ambassadorial role for the IET, bursary scheme and engineering industry as a whole will be put forward.
Securing a full-time position
Those who have received advice and support from the IET have hailed how vital it was for them to find a full-time position within the industry, following their apprenticeship or university course.
Faye Bank, now head of North East Operations for National Grid, and an adviser to the Engineering Horizons panel, believes young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can be difficult to reach, but encouraged them to apply for the scheme before it closes on 13 October.

Engineering Horizons Bursary

For Apprentices and Students

At least six (3 for apprentices and 3 for students) bursaries of £1,000 per year are available.


Who can apply?

Passionate engineering apprentices or students (including mature and part-time students) who have followed a vocational route into engineering (HNC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma and similar qualifications), who face obstacles or personal challenges, and need financial assistance,can apply.

You’ll have to be in (or just about to start) either your first year of an IET approved apprenticeship scheme or on an accredited Siemens Group scheme or an  IET accredited degree course.

Our bursary is designed to help you if you’re struggling with money. Examples of how it might be used include going towards buying books, a computer or even transport for your work or education.



IET Engineering Horizons Bursary holders will receive:

  • Apprentices:  annual award of £1,000 per year, for the duration of the apprenticeship (up to 4 years).
  • Undergraduates: annual award of £1,000 per year for the duration for the degree, up to 3 years for Bachelors students and 4 years for MEng students.
  •  All bursary-holders will receive a certificate, presented at a celebration ceremony in February 2017.
  •  All bursary-holders will receive free membership of the IET for the duration of their apprenticeship or degree course if not already received through their IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme or as an IET Academic Partner with their university.
  •  All bursary-holders will benefit from advice and information from the IET on Engineering Technician (EngTech) or ICT Technician (ICTTech) registration and also technician professional registration application fee, when ready to apply, as well as support with Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) professional registration.
  •  All winners will also be supported to become an ambassador  for the IET and Engineering profession.
  •  The first payment will be made in January 2017.



The IET Engineering Horizons Bursary is for UK residents only.


  •  UK residents
  • Apprentices who are already in their first year at the date of applying for the bursary or who are about to start their first year of an IET approved apprenticeship scheme or on an Accredited Siemens Group Scheme
  • Who need financial support to help them with their apprenticeship.
  •  Who have a passion for engineering.


  • UK residents
  • Students who are already in their first year of university at the date of applying for the bursary or who are about to start their first onto an IET accredited degree course in the United Kingdom.
  • Who need financial support to help them with their engineering studies.
  • Who have a passion for engineering.
  • Students who are already in receipt of, or who are eligible for, an IET Diamond Jubilee scholarship are not eligible for this award.