Plowman Brothers apprentice wins national bursary for engineering talent

James Bowman from Plowman Brothers has celebrated success after receiving an Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The bursaries are awarded to students and apprentices who are passionate about engineering and have taken up a place on an engineering or technology degree course or apprenticeship scheme which has been accredited or approved by the IET. 

In this third year of the scheme, 95 bursaries have been awarded to students and apprentices. The scheme helps students entering an apprenticeship or an engineering degree programme who have qualifications such as BTECs, HNDs, Access to Higher Education Diplomas or other vocational qualifications, as well as those in challenging circumstances. The sponsorship will be £1,000 per year for up to four years, and winners will also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET's extensive networks. 

Mike Carr, IET President, commented: ''In a world where engineering and technology is moving faster than ever before, I believe that we need to think more broadly and remove unnecesary barriers that might be discouraging more young people from becoming engineers. In other words, we need to be more inclusive about inspiring and recruiting the next generation of engineers.

''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. 

''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 IET Engineering Horizons Bursary programme is open to all UK students who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course, or are already studying one, or apprentices about to start or in any year of an IET approved apprenticeship scheme. 

Prospective students and apprentices who are wishing to apply for an Engineering Horizons Bursary can apply online now. For more information, visit

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