Twenty year old Arup assistant technician Sam Frith-Salem has won an ICE QUEST technician scholarship to help him continue his studies in civil engineering and work towards EngTech TMICE status.
QUEST - or the Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust - was set up in 1977 to encourage the “brightest and best” students to pursue civil engineering as a career. The scholarships, worth £1,500, are awarded to those who are committed to civil engineering and have the potential to excel. They also recognise a candidate’s leadership skills, aptitude for teamwork, ambition and initiative.
Frith-Salem is one of 40 technicians to gain the ICE scholarship this academic year. He completed his technician apprenticeship with Arup while studying at South Thames College in London last year.
During his time with Arup he has worked on a number of structural engineering projects. These include the construction of the MC Escher-inspired Endless Stair installation at the Tate Modern for the 2013 London Design Festival, and the refurbishment of the Victoria & Albert museum.
In his spare time Frith-Salem visits colleges around London, talking to students about the merits of the apprenticeship route, and mentors others coming through Arup’s scheme.
“This award means a great deal to me as it proves I was right to follow my passion into the construction industry and civil engineering,” he said.
“It has also encouraged me to push myself further. Receiving the scholarship is a great honour and I am grateful that the hard work I put into my apprenticeship and studies has been recognised.”
Frith-Salem is now studying for an HNC at the College of North West London, while still working at Arup. He aims to gain EngTech TMICE status later this year.
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