The IET I also committed to minimising the skills gap by encouraging the brightest and best students to study IET-accredited courses. It says this will put them on a path that is not only challenging and rewarding, but also vital to the UK economy. Professor Andy Hopper, president of the IET believes “With demand for more than two million engineers over the next few decades, it has never been more important to encourage young people to study engineering so that they are able to follow rewarding careers and, ultimately, protect the UK’s economic prosperity.This is the first year of the programme and the organisation is keen to encourage more people to study engineering. “Engineering is a varied, exciting and interesting career choice,” he said.The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme was open to all UK students who achieved 3 As at A Level, 3 A grade Advanced Highers, 5 A grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and who have been accepted to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course this year. Qualifying for the Scholarship entitles the student to £1,000 per year during their studies, up to a maximum of £3,000 for Bachelors students and £4,000 for MEng students. The IET received 1,144 applications of which 540 were successful in meeting the criteria. Of the successful applicants, 19 per cent are female. The IET points out that only 7 per cent of the UKs engineering workforce is female, and that this reasonably high percentage is a unexpected benefit of the scheme. The 2013 winners are the first cohort who, it is hoped, will go on to become mentors to the 2014 Diamond Scholars as this will be an annual award.
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