ICE South West has awarded scholarships to four promising South West Technicians  

3rd February, 2014
The Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) has awarded four QUEST Technician Scholarships to promising future technicians in the South West.

The QUEST Technician Scholarship provides financial support for engineering students in further or higher education, whilst they are also obtaining technical and practical engineering experience with employers.

The Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust (QUEST) was set up in 1977 to support and encourage education in civil engineering. The awards are associated with excellence, looking for those with an aptitude for teamwork, leadership skills and ambition. The selection process for these awards is very competitive and attracts high-calibre applicants.

The standard of entries for this year’s QUEST Scholarships were extremely high, with entrants from all over the South West applying. The four scholars all excelled in their interviews and displayed a knowledge of the Institution and a keenness to promote civil engineering to others.

Adam Cruse, from Chippenham, is an Apprentice Engineer for Atkins Global and a part-time student at City of Bristol College. He  has a life-long interest in the environment, particularly structures their construction, maintenance and the development of the urban environment.

He said: “Some of my earliest memories are of spending days drawing detailed road maps and inner city plans of large sheets of paper. I believe this award will broaden my opportunities to further my study in Civil Engineering.”

Two students based at Exeter College have also won awards.

Joshua Yard, from Exeter, is a Trainee Technician in Highways and Transportation for Parsons Brinckerhoff. Gaining the award will allow him to focus on his education and becoming a Technician member will help him is his career.

He said: “The QUEST award will aloow me to gain recognition for my capabilities and potential, it will give me the confidence to go further with a recognised award and achievement to my name.”

Samuel Milne, from Plymouth, is an Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician for Hyder Consulting, also at Exeter college. From a young age engineering has interested him, with his early memories being of building houses using Lego.

He said: “I wasn’t fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to university, but when I discovered the apprenticeship schemes I realised that I could follow my passion for engineering into a career, which through hard work will develop and the QUEST award will help me achieve this.”

Zachary Wells, from Torquay, is a full-time student at City College Plymouth. He feels being a QUEST Scholar will help him get into the industry as it is associated with excellence and is highly respected by engineering organisations.

He said: “My interest in civil engineering has not come from seeing a completed project, but from my desire to know how it will stand for years, why the engineers used specific materials and what gets them from an idea to planning and finishing a project.”

Regional Director, Trish Johnson, was on the judging panel for the awards. She said: “QUEST Scholarships are awarded to those achieving and striving for the highest standards,. All four scholars have shown a great enthusiasm for engineering and using the Scholarship to aid them in their studies.

“We are pleased to announce that the awards have been given to four deserving students in the South West and wish them the best with their studies and future careers in civil engineering.”