Engineering scholarships launched by DONG Energy

A new scholarship that will fund up to seven students through engineering courses at Furness College has been launched by DONG Energy.

The leading windfarm company has set aside £45,000 to help people across Furness who would not otherwise be able to finance themselves through qualifications to get the education they need to progress in their dream careers.

It will pay student fees for a range of courses in electrical and mechanical engineering from a national diploma and HNC through to degrees and Honours degrees.

The college at Channelside will deliver the courses from September on its £47m campus and students will study in the new cutting-edge Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre.

Kate Coleburn, Head of Area for Technical and Build Engineering at Furness College, said the scholarships were designed for at those who are not currently in employment or who want to retrain as engineers.

She said: “Some people have the skills to be world-class engineers but they may struggle to finance themselves through courses that can help them realise their dream. For others, this could open up a career change where they take advantage of the growth in the engineering sector locally.

“Through this scheme DONG Energy has created a wonderful opportunity that breaks down financial barriers to achieving higher education qualifications including achieving a degree.”

DONG Energy is one of the leading offshore wind farm developers in the world and created the windfarm off Walney.

Brent Cheshire, UK Country Chairman for DONG Energy said: “We are delighted that, through the Walney Extension Community Benefit Fund, we are able to fund these scholarships. We are doing everything we can to provide opportunities for people to develop the skills they need to take advantage of the growing career opportunities in engineering sectors like offshore wind. It is especially good to see that these scholarships will open the door to people who would not otherwise be able to afford to take advantage of these courses.”

The courses available with support are:

  • National Diploma Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (2 years)
  • HNC Engineering Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (2 Years)
  • Bachelor in Engineering – Ordinary Degree (2 Years)
  • Bachelor in Engineering – Hons Degree (4 Years)

Bryn Jones, business development manager at Furness College said it was an initiative designed to help fill the skills gap. “Many people are not aware that we can offer education in engineering up to degree level at Furness College and this is a great way to access what is on the doorstep and build a career in engineering.”

People who are not in full-time employment or who wish to retrain in engineering may be eligible to apply for the scholarship. For a full list of criteria or to find out more, call Bryn at Furness College on 01229 825017 or via email

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