Land Rover appeal for female students
New scholarship in engineering
Land Rover and WISE have called for female students to apply for its Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship, a £9,000 bursary for young women who have completed their GCSEs or A Levels and wish to study an engineering degree or apprenticeship. The bursary, applications for which close on the 31st August, will be awarded to three female students or apprentices who would like to explore a career or further studies in engineering. In addition the winners will be provided with mentoring support from both Land Rover senior engineers and WISE representatives.
According to a report published by EngineeringUK, Britain needs to double the number of engineering graduates and triple the number of engineering apprentices by 2020 to meet industry needs. At present, just thirteen per cent of engineering undergraduates are female, a problem Land Rover is determined to address. In addition to the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship, Land Rover already runs specific training schemes to support ambitious female engineers. Nicci Cook, Senior HR Manager, from Land Rover said “Land Rover has a proud tradition of encouraging diversity in the workplace. Engineering is at the very heart of our business and we rely on a broad range of talents to give us a competitive edge and help us move forwards. We hope that the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship will inspire a new generation of women in engineering.”
The scholarship has also been welcomed by government. Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock MP, said “Britain needs more engineers from a diverse range of backgrounds to compete effectively in today’s world. The government is delighted that the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship recognises the key role played by female engineers and hopes that it will encourage more women to pursue a career in this exciting, dynamic industry.”
The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship is open to any woman who has arranged engineering based apprenticeship or has a confirmed place on a higher education engineering course. This is a fantastic opportunity and new applicants only have one week left to apply as bursary deadline closes on the 31st August, the scholarship will award £9000 over three years which offers income to students or apprentices who are cash strapped.
The campaign was launched earlier this year by Zara Philips, her Grandmother the Queen worked as a mechanical engineer in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and her Mother Princess Anne is the patron of WISE which helps organisations to inspire women and girls to pursue science, technology and mathematics as pathways to exciting and fulfilling careers in engineering.