Jersey Electricity Bursary Award Scheme helps Island’s engineers of tomorrow

Island students can this year benefit from the new Jersey Electricity Bursary Award Scheme that aims to provide financial support and work experience to students undertaking a first degree course in an engineering discipline.

Applications are invited from students, ordinarily resident in Jersey for the previous five years, who have been accepted, firmly or provisionally, by a university or equivalent institution for a full-time first degree course in electrical or power engineering, civil, mechanical or control and instrumentation engineering.

The scheme is also open to students who have already started their degree courses and are perhaps in their second or third year of study. Successful applicants will receive financial support towards tuition fees and living costs, six weeks work-based learning and mentoring experience, plus up to eight weeks paid holiday work a year. While there are no guarantees of full-time employment at the end of the course, students will be well placed to take advantage of any JE recruitment opportunities.

Jersey Electricity CEO Chris Ambler said: 'We are a significant local employer of technical engineering skills within the community. As such, we fully support our schools and students through projects such as Trident, Advance To Work, Undergraduate Work Experience and our Apprentice Scheme. The new Jersey Electricity Bursary Award Scheme is an extension of this commitment to the Island's youth and the development of professional engineering capabilities in the Island.

'In addition, ours is a dynamic industry which requires long-term planning and investment. As a relatively isolated power utility located offshore, our success is highly dependent on the flexibility and diverse skills and capabilities of our staff. We must therefore be fully equipped for the future by ensuring we can recruit and develop people with the skills and attitude necessary to deliver first class technical solutions.'

Application forms are available on the JE website www.jec.co.uk under 'Careers' and must be accompanied by a letter from the applicant outlining why he/she believes they should be awarded the bursary.