Ex-Caedmon College Whitby student a real diamond geezer

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A former Caedmon College Whitby student has been recognised as an engineering rising star and awarded with a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarships offer long-term financial support to 102 students.

Former student George Brown has celebrated his success at receiving the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). George is one of the elite set of engineering students who have been awarded the prestigious award as the IET and its partners invest £3m in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent over the next five years to tackle the lack of engineers.

The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is now in its third year. The scholarships will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Winners will also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks, in an attempt to close the ever growing skills gap which has increased for the ninth year running.This year, 105 scholarships have been awarded to students who started either a Masters or an Undergraduate engineering degree at a UK-based university in the autumn of 2015, and 29% these have been awarded to female candidates.

Naomi Climer, IET President, said: “Research from the IET this year to launch its Engineer a Better World campaign highlighted some of the barriers facing the industry in its attempt to encourage and eventually recruit talented young people – particularly girls and women. In order to ensure we have the workforce that is able to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we need to do everything we can now to attract young people to our industry.

“With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to the 102 young people as a result of our prestigious Diamond Jubilee scholarships.

“We hope they will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow in an industry which offers a diverse range of exciting opportunities and challenges.” On completing his A-levels at Caedmon College Whitby George applied for the Year In Industry scheme (YINI). While undertaking his placement with EA Technology in Chester, George received support from Michelle Waudby, Progression & UCAS Coordinator at Caedmon College Whitby, to apply to university even though he was ‘officially’ no longer a student of the college.