FINANCIAL GRANT – ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP AWARDS
The aim of this scheme is to help support companies who may not previously have experience of employing an apprentice and this will help to ensure that the process is not daunting.
Overview Engineering Apprentice Award: PPMA BEST will offer a grant to a sponsoring company taking on an apprentice to help toward the cost of set up and advice. A grant to the apprentice will also be available. Apprentices must be paid at least UK minimum wage for those over 21. Employment of the apprentice will count as the sponsoring company contribution.
MATCH FUNDED – ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE BURSARIES
The aim of this scheme is to help encourage and support undergraduates in relevant disciplines to develop the skills and experience they need to address the shortages in our industries. This scheme encourages existing employees to embark on part-time undergraduate courses.
Overview Engineering Undergraduate Bursaries: An award to be claimed in equal parts over the term of a suitable graduate course, paid 50/50 shared between PPMA BEST and the sponsoring company. The company offers the graduate employment for a number of weeks each year. Students must be paid at least the UK minimum wage for those over 21.
MATCH FUNDED – ARKWRIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS TRUST (6TH FORM A-LEVEL STUDENTS)
Match-funded competitive national scholarships for STEM students designed to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering and technical design.
Overview of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust: Named after Sir Richard Arkwright “Father of the factory system”. Established in 1991. Set up by a group of head-teachers who did not believe Engineering was getting the profile it deserved. Designed a scholarship scheme for 15/16 year olds to support & encourage students to consider a career in Engineering & design. High profile within the industry & supported by a wide range of organisations & charitable trusts. Great at identifying most talented potential engineering students of the future.
92% of Arkwright Scholars continue in engineering Further Education or training. 3,700 scholarships awarded to date. Over 840 affiliated schools benefitted to date – 68% from state sector. Over 20 of UK’s top engineering universities work with the Arkwright Scholarship Trust.
MATCH FUNDED – SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHS (STEM) DAYS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Match-funded interactive day workshops in secondary schools. Designed to inspire and interest students in STEM subjects. Delivered by our partner the Smallpeice Trust. www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk
Overview of the Smallpeice Trust: Established in 1966, The Trust is an independent charity which promotes engineering as a career, primarily through the provision of residential courses and STEM (Science, Engineering & Maths) days in schools for young people aged 12 to 18. In 2014 21,564 young people attended their residential courses and inschool STEM Days. They will be delivering one-day STEM workshops in schools for up to 50 students with the aim to engage and encourage young people to learn more about future careers in STEM related disciplines.
These one day workshops are interactive, involving a design and build project which helps to stimulate problem solving. Sponsor Company Employees can be involved with the in school STEM Days. The overall aim is to stimulate and support a pipeline of students into further study or an apprenticeship.