Engineering student Paul Bland is among those who have recieved a scholarship from Orsted

Sought-after engineering scholarship open for new applicants

A highly sought-after scholarship that has helped several aspiring engineers get into higher education has opened for new applicants.

The Ørsted scholarship is now in its fourth year at Furness College.

Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, has set aside the money through its Walney Extension Community Fund to help people across South Cumbria get the education they need to progress in their dream careers in engineering.

Paul Bland applied for the Ørsted scholarship through Furness College in Barrow and was over the moon to secure a place funding his HNC in Mechanical Engineering.

The former horticulture manager from Askam is now studying for a degree at the Channelside campus after securing the scholarship again and has urged others to consider applying for the scholarship.

“It’s what I have always wanted to do,” he said. “Now with this help of the Ørsted scholarship I can achieve my future career plans as I’m now studying a degree.”

“If I was to give any advice to someone thinking of applying for the scholarship it would be just to take the chance and apply. I have to say when I applied I didn’t for one second think I would be either eligible or selected. Even once I received the email I still didn’t believe it and I had to reply to ask for confirmation.”

The courses available with support range from a national diploma to HNC right through to an Honours degree in mechanical or electrical engineering. The Engineering Bridging Course is now also eligible for funding.

Applications to the scholarship close on Friday 4th September. 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 Cenedra McSkimmings at Furness College on 01229 844793 or via email businesssupport@furness.ac.uk.

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