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PPMA BEST Trust awarded five scholarships and two graduate bursaries this year. Trustees attended the 25th Arkwright Anniversary Awards Ceremony on 28th October 2016 at IET Savoy Place, London.

The PPMA BEST Trust is helping create the next generation of engineers, and to fill the skills gap by helping young talent to progress their studies, to find training, apprenticeship and mentoring opportunities with member companies.

The five PPMA BEST Trust Scholars, Luke Bromley, William Browne, Joseph Cantle, Charlie Joyce and Matthew Moffat all received their Scholarships at the 25th Arkwright’s Anniversary Awards ceremonies on 28 October 2016 at IET Savoy Place and Edinburgh on 11th November 2016.

The scholarships are an annual financial award to each scholar to assist them with the purchase of components and materials to complete a personal technical project. In addition, the scholars’ school receives £400 which must be spent on equipment, materials or teacher training to enhance the delivery of STEM subjects.

Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM subjects. These are assessed via a rigorous
selection process comprising: an assessed application form including a teacher’s reference; a two-hour, problem-solving aptitude exam; and a university-based interview. The Scholarships support students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.

PPMA Trustee Richard Little said “we’re delighted to have awarded five scholarships and two bursaries this year. PPMA BEST is committed to helping create future generations of engineers. We have plans to expand the BEST programme in 2017 to help more people enter or progress in this fascinating and exciting career”.