Redland Green School

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RGS Student Receives Prestigious Engineering Scholarship

Redland Green’s Sam Parker was awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship recently at a ceremony in London supported by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Rail Industry, led by Network Rail, Carillion and Colas Rail. Sam was presented with his Arkwright Scholarship by Principal Guest Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology 2015/16. Sam also met the organisation that is sponsoring his Scholarship for the next two years - Renishaw a leading-edge global engineering company.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering. During their sixth-form studies, Scholars receive £600 to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits. Schools receive £400 per Scholarship awarded to their students.

Scholars are selected following a rigorous selection process comprising a detailed application form supported by a teacher’s reference, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university. From a pool of 30,000 eligible students, this year teachers endorsed the applications of 1559 students. 397 Scholarships were eventually awarded.

Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I have been hugely impressed by the creativity, technical skills and leadership prowess of the young men and women receiving their Scholarships this year. The country needs 100,000s of new engineers to take the economy and society forward. But some of these newly-trained people need to also act as outstanding leadership beacons within industry and academia. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the first step on that road to achieving such a vital position within the UK engineering profession. Congratulations to Sam Parker and all of our new Scholars!”

If you are currently in Year 11, intending to take mathematics at A level and considering a career in engineering or technical design and you are interested in finding out more about possibly applying for an Arkwright scholarship please see Ms Gabey Curriculum Team Leader for ADT.