Aspiring engineers given bursary boost

A group of promising engineers were celebrated by Barrow and District Association of Engineers at their annual Young Engineers’ Awards last night.

The awards ceremony, which was held at Furness College’s Channelside campus, awarded bursaries to students who are excelling in STEM subjects to encourage them to pursue a career in engineering.

Almost £4,000 prize money was handed out as part of the prestigious awards.

Bursary winners, who received £300 each, included Furness College engineering apprentices TJ Richards and Cornelius Els and Barrow Sixth Form College student Matthew Templeton.

Denis Lidstone, Barrow and District Association of Engineers’ Bursary Co-ordinator, said: “The young engineering talent in the South Cumbria area is superb.

“The quality and skills of our young people are fantastic, and the Barrow and District Association of Engineers aims to encourage them to consider a career in engineering and support them to achieve their potential.”

The awards were presented by Lancaster University’s Professor Joe Finney, who also delivered a speech on the development of the micro:bit, a pocket-sized computer aimed at tackling the UK’s projected digital skills shortage.

Students from Barrow Sixth Form College and apprentices from Furness College’s Channelside campus were eligible to be nominated, alongside students from Ulverston Victoria High School, Millom School and Chetwynde School.

The event also saw the launch of a new Engineering Design Technology Competition, following the Barrow and District Association of Engineers’ consultation with local schools.

The competition, which launches next year, will celebrate STEM work in schools and reward prizes for the purchase of new technology equipment to further good practice in delivering engineering skills.

Young Engineers’ Awards Winners 2017

Furness College Craft Apprentice Bursary
TJ Richards

Furness College Technical Apprentice Bursary
Cornelius Els

Student Bursaries

Matthew Templeton (Barrow Sixth Form College)
Thomas Maddocks (Ulverston Victoria High School)
Katherine Armstrong (Millom School)

Engineering Scholarship

Luke Oxenham (Ulverston Victoria High School) – studying MEng, General Engineering at Durham University

Prizes were also presented to students from Walney, Chetwynde, Cartmel, John Ruskin, Ulverston Victoria High School, Furness Academy, Dowdales, Millom School and St Bernard’s at their school prize giving events.

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