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TWI Welcomes New Arkwright Scholars

Wed, 06 January, 2021

TWI has welcomed two new students as part of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme for 2020-2022. Each year, we participate in the programme, which has been running for 30 years, by inviting bright and aspiring 16-year-old students from across the UK to learn and gain experience of working in engineering with us at TWI.

The scholarship is designed to inspire and equip the next generation of engineering talent through a fully-sponsored programme providing hands-on experience, professional mentoring and careers guidance during their A-levels and Scottish Higher qualifications.

The Arkwright Engineering Programme supports young people from all backgrounds to gain the confidence and skills to change the world through engineering. By immersing themselves in different engineering specialisms, the scholars are able to experience a wide range of career paths, while also breaking down any misconceptions they may have around working in STEM careers.

The students have already undergone a year-long application process, including an aptitude exam and virtual interview in order to be accepted onto the programme. Once accepted for the scholarship, the students receive funds to support their activities while their schools also receive a donation per scholar to fund STEM events and resources.

The latest scholars to join us at TWI are Joshua Murray from Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge and Oscar Whitcombe from Bedford School.

Joshua studies maths, chemistry, biology and physics and has an interest in metallurgy. As a member of the Air Cadets he has been exposed to STEM activities and said he is “open to any interesting and challenging paths.”

Oscar has continued into sixth form at the Bedford School where he studies maths, physics, business and design and technology. He is currently getting involved in the science and engineering society at the school and has a particular interest in aerospace and automotive technologies.

We would like to welcome Joshua and Oscar and wish them all the best for their time with us.

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