Five aspiring east London engineers were today awarded financial bursaries by Thames Water to help pay for their degrees.
Imran Ahmed, 19, Ruhul Amin Choudory, 20, and Iscandar Almahruqi, 30, will this autumn begin studying Civil Engineering, while Abdul Raouf, 30, and Kawser Alom, 19, will study Electronic Engineering, at the University of East London (UEL).
They will also each have two paid summer work placements with Thames Water, providing them with valuable work experience for the future.
The initiative is part of Thames Water’s Ten for Ten scheme, a £10M, ten point plan financed by the company’s shareholders to benefit disadvantaged customers and fund community projects.
The students were presented with their bursaries by Thames Water chief executive Martin Baggs, who said:”Delivering a trusted, reliable service to 13.8M customers requires the best people with the right skills and capability, both now and in future.
“We have got some really exciting water and wastewater engineering projects coming up in east London over the next decade. By ensuring that budding engineers are supported through their studies and into their careers, we can make sure we have the right people with the right skills to deliver these major projects.”
Last year Thames Water awarded two bursaries to engineering students Barbara Rola and Adam Moase, who have just completed their first paid summer placements.
Barbara, who completed some of her placement on the £635M Lee Tunnel project, said: “The placement has been unforgettable. I’ve gained such a diverse range of experience from working at sewage treatment works and construction sites.
“As well as gaining a better understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of science and engineering, I’ll be starting my second year with boosted confidence and self-esteem.”
Institution of Civil Engineers water panel chair David Nickols said: “The Institution of Civil Engineers actively supports young people’s development into engineering.
“We strive to promote and progress civil engineering and applaud schemes such as the Thames Water Engineering Bursary, which enables undergraduates to gain the necessary skills and experience through study and work placement to develop into the engineers of the future.”
School of Computing Information Technology and Engineering dean Mohammad Dastbaz said: “UEL welcomes the ongoing commitment from Thames Water.
“In making these generous bursaries available they are showing their commitment to investing in our young people for the future. These awards not only recognise the high calibre of our students but also give a great financial boost to our aspiring engineers.”
Thames Water will be offering a further three bursaries in 2011. Students who are residents of the London Borough of Newham or surrounding areas, who would like to apply to Thames Water for funding to study a degree in civil or electrical engineering at UEL, can register their interest and request more information by emailing email@example.com.