A scholarship to equip the next generation of engineers for careers in industry has been launched in Shetland at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
The ECITB scholarship will provide technical training for new starters in mechanical and electrical engineering technician pathways to help create a pipeline of talented new entrants. The scholars get a grounding in core engineering knowledge and skills as well as an understanding of new technologies, and a foundation in digital skills through the new ECITB digital passport.
Created by Government skills body the ECITB to address workforce shortages in key engineering construction roles, scholars get a £100-week grant to develop their engineering knowledge and skills and achieve industry standard qualifications.
Eight electrical and eight mechanical maintenance technicians will make up the first cohort of ECITB Scholars starting at the UHI in September.
Daniel Gear, ECITB Board Member and General Manager for Peterson Shetland Ltd, welcomed the launch of the new scholarship programme and said local employers were already taking an interest.
“The timing of this scholarship programme couldn’t be better for industry as the renewables, marine, oil & gas, and space sectors in Shetland face a booming pipeline of projects over the coming years,” he said.