A new scholarship grant that will award £3000 to an individual studying in the electrical industry has been launched by the Joint Industry Board (JIB).
The aim of the scholarship is to promote higher level studies, such as a MA, MSc or General Law Masters degree course. Course subjects that could be covered include electrical engineering, industrial relations, employment, or other areas connected to the industry.
Since 2006 the JIB Skills Development Fund has provided financial assistance to help electrical operatives further their education. Following a recent increase in applications for degree level courses, the JIB decided to launch the scholarship to support to those wishing to study at postgraduate level.
Following completion of a Masters level course, there may be opportunities through the Skills Development Fund to progress to a PhD.
To be eligible for the grant, candidates must be graded as an approved electrician as a minimum and either employed by a JIB member company, or registered as unemployed.
Andy Reakes, secretary to the JIB Skills Development Fund explained: “The Committee is hopeful this grant can either assist someone who is undertaking a relevant Masters Degree, or provide the opportunity to someone who is considering advancing their academic understanding of the industry. Those undertaking this level of study should be commended, as it’s a difficult challenge and a genuine commitment. We hope this financial assistance eases the process.”