13 Jun

Island Roads gives local students a helping hand with their careers


Island students are being given help through university and into careers thanks to two initiatives being run as part of the Highways PFI project.

Two university bursaries and two specialist scholarships are being offered as part of the PFI’s commitment to creating local employment

In the first initiative, Island Roads – the company formed to undertake the Highways PFI - in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council, is offering a bursary of £1,000 a year to two students from the Island to study business, engineering or environment related degrees at university.

In addition Island Roads’ parent company, the Eurovia Group, has two places available on its Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying Scholarship Programme for students. The scholarship is worth £1,500 per annum and provides training (paid) for eight weeks during the summer vacations and an industrial year placement should the course include one. It is the intention that the scholarship scheme, will lead to an employment opportunity with Eurovia on their accredited Graduate Development Programme following completion of their studies.

Island Roads service director Paul Herbert, said: “The Highways PFI is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Island and with it comes real opportunities to pursue a career in engineering and allied occupations.

“We are delighted to be helping Island young people along this career path. Island Roads is determined, through the highways PFI, to bring as many associated benefits to the local community as possible and these bursaries and scholarships are just two examples of this commitment. We look forward to receiving applications from Island students.”

The bursaries and scholarships are open to students whose main residence is on the Isle of Wight and currently studying in a state funded school, college or via an apprenticeship provider. They must also have a confirmed offer from a UK university, for an appropriate course.

Students applying for the engineering scholarship will have to have been accepted onto a MEng degree programme at university.

All applications must be received by midday on the 9th September 2014.  Further details including how to apply can be viewed below.

 

Application details:

Eligibility to apply

  • Students whose main residence is on the Isle of Wight
  • Currently studying in a state funded school, college or via an apprenticeship provider
  • Have a confirmed offer from a UK university
  • Students applying for the engineering scholarship will have to have been accepted onto a MEng degree programme at university.

How do I apply?

The selection of students will be subject to a competitive process.  To apply for either the bursary or scholarship please send an application to include:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • A personal statement of no more than 1500 words that covers:
    • The reasons behind your choice of degree course
    • Your aspirations for the future
    • How the bursary / scholarship will help to support your studies
    • A copy of your offer from a UK university commencing Autumn 2014
    • A letter of support from your education provider

What is the selection process?

Following the closure date, the applications will be assessed and a shortlist of candidates will be invited to an interview.  Each applicant will be kept informed of their progress.

All applications must be received by midday on the 9th September 2014.  Applications to be emailed to info@islandroads.com

 

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