In order to try to raise the awareness of Engineering as a career amongst young people in Furness, the Barrow and District Association of Engineers runs an annual bursary known as "The Young Engineers’ Awards".
The Association itself and a number of engineering companies in the district sponsor this. It is of concern to the Barrow and District Association of Engineers, and to many others also, that so few young people are entering the engineering profession. It is in an effort to reverse this trend that the Association instituted this award at the instigation of a former BDAE President, Mr Tony Peak, in 1998. It is intended that the bursary is used to purchase books or other equipment to enable the recipient to further their education.
All awards are presented at the Association’s November lecture.
The Bursary is supported with the help of the generous sponsorship by the following organisations:-
A short list for interview will be drawn up by a small committee and the interviews will be held towards the end of March at which the Student will be required to make a 5 to 8 minute presentation about themselves and their aspirations for the future, amongst other things. On receipt of A Level results and University Acceptance in August these will be forwarded, by the student, to the Bursary Co-ordinator at which point the small committee will reconvene to finalise the selection. The winner for the year will be notified in September and the Award will be formally presented at the November BDAE Bursary & Scholarship Award lecture.
BDAE Bursaries will only be awarded to students intending to study full time for a degree course in an Engineering Subject which has been approved by the Engineering Council as appropriate for the eventual achievement of Chartered Engineer status.
Any queries should be addressed to the Bursary Co-ordinator (Telephone 01229 825632) or by post to Denis Lidstone, 11 Infield Gardens, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA13 9JW.
Student Bursaries are awarded to students at Barrow Sixth Form College, Ulverston Victoria High School, Millom School and Chetwynde School, on the basis of their results in AS level examinations in Science and Technology subjects taken at the end of their first year of sixth form studies, together with their enthusiasm for engineering activities.
A student winner from each institution is nominated by his or her teachers, these nominations are ratified by a BDAE Bursary Committee which, in addition, selects an overall winner on the basis of detail provided by the school.
In 2000, following various discussions and having achieved a suitable level of sponsorship, the student bursary was extended into the area of the Engineering Apprenticeships in the Furness area with an award to be known as the BDAE Apprentice Bursary to be made at the end of the apprentice’s first year.
The apprentice award will be based initially upon academic qualification and performance in first year studies together with enthusiasm for engineering and practical ability. The Association placed emphasis on the academic as it wishes to encourage academic apprentices and show that the traditional university route is not the only way to a degree, a high flying career and a position of leadership in the industry.
By preference, the award will be based upon nominations of apprentices from the local Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs), but can also based upon a nomination from amongst Furness College apprentice students.
In 2012 it was agreed to make awards to year 11 students based on their performance in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects at each of the secondary schools in the area. The students are chosen by the school staff. The schools involved are Ulverston Victoria High School, Walney School, Dowdales School, St Bernard's School, Furness Academy, Coniston School, Millom School, Cartmel School and Chetwynde School.
i) To be known as "The Young Engineers’ Awards" sponsored by the Barrow and District Association of Engineers.
ii) The awards are made for the purpose of purchasing books or equipment to enable the recipient to further his or her education in an enhanced manner.
iii) The student awards are open to students of Barrow, Millom, Ulverston or Chetwynde 6th Forms studying A Level science subjects with a view to taking a Science or Engineering degree at University, and are judged on the basis of AS level results from exams taken at the end of the first year of sixth form.
iv) The apprentice awards are open to first year apprentices in the employment of locally based SMEs and/or enrolled in apprentice engineering courses at Furness College.
v) The award winners are confirmed by a vetting panel made up of members of the Association.
vi) The awards are presented at the Association’s November lecture which is held normally in the third week of that month. Representatives from all participating schools are invited as is the local media and our Sponsors. Recipients are expected to attend and must inform BDAE of the reason if they are unable to be present.