The Kingsbury Scholarship, provided by Imperial College London, is a ‘‘highly prestigious engineering scholarship, one that holds the most value to students anywhere in the UK. Aimed at bright and dynamic students who ultimately intend on seeking employment in the UK engineering industry’’. This year Stephen Laws, former pupil at Ripon Grammar School in Yorkshire and former Year in Industry student, was granted this privilege.
Stephen has spent the last year working for agrichemical company Syngenta during his Year in Industry (YINI) placement. YINI, a paid, 9-12 month industry placement programme provides young people with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that employers are looking for, as well as giving students an experience that will help them make the most out of their university course, the placements are also available to students before they begin university too.
Stephen is no stranger to the EDT (Engineering Development Trust), having also participated in both the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) and a Headstart university taster course, prior to his successful YINI placement at Syngenta. The EES is a 6 month real life project, where Stephen was able to develop and test a hand-held sensor probe that dated solidified objects based on their GeoResonance patterns, whilst his Headstart university taster enabled him to attend the University of Cambridge on a Broad Based Engineering course.
By taking part in 3 of the schemes within EDT’s continuum Stephen has broadened his opportunities, expanded his skill set and experience, by gaining the hands-on industry experience that so many companies require in the current working climate.
Stephen stated that his experience working at Syngenta “has been fantastic, and has given me a great insight - ahead of embarking upon my course - of the way that the theory we’ll be learning in lectures can be practically applied in an industrial setting.”
When applying for the Kingsbury Scholarship, Imperial College direct candidates towards The Year in Industry in order for students to gain the minimum 9 months industry experience that it requires. This demonstrates how YINI can make a difference to a young person’s future and their career choices.
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