Education team connects with sixth-form engineers

Enthusiastic scholars were able to find out more about civil engineering and the careers it offers at an online networking event hosted by the Rochester Bridge Trust.

The sixth-formers from across the country were all Arkwright Engineering Scholars, a prestigious programme organised by the Smallpeice Trust to inspire 16-to-18-year-olds to become engineers.

As part of the scheme, the Smallpeice Trust organises Civil Engineering Connect sessions, which bring the scholars together at workplace networking events where they can meet engineers and find out more about their work.

Education Officer Claire Saunders, who oversaw the event hosted by the Trust, said: “We were pleased to welcome 23 Arkwright Scholars and to tell them more about the Trust, its 600-year history, engineering careers and the work we carry out, including the recent multi-million pound refurbishment of our bridges over the River Medway at Rochester.

“The presentations included a talk by Emily Rowe, one of our young engineers who is just finishing the second year of a civil engineering degree. Participants liked hearing about her time experience of making a university application and of studying at the University of Sheffield.

“The attendees also appreciated learning about the scholarships available to support students within civil engineering, the importance of work experience and the routes that exist into civil engineering.”

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships provide financial support and mentoring to help students through their A levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent qualifications. The Rochester Bridge Trust has been involved with the scholarships since 2010, welcoming its three most recent scholars in September 2020. You can read all about them and our former scholars here.

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