Will Orr, Michael Wright and Adam Shephard, who are all working on the Island Roads’ contract. Picture by Spencer Griffiths.
UNIVERSITY bursaries and specialist scholarships are being offered as part of a bid by the Isle of Wight Council and highways PFI company Island Roads to support students.
Part of Island Roads’ commitment to provide training and jobs as part of the highways private finance initiative is to include help for students through university and into a career.
In the first initiative, Island Roads, with the Isle of Wight Council, is offering a bursary of £1,000 a year to two students to study business, engineering or environment-related degrees.
Island Roads’ parent company, the Eurovia Group, has two student places available on its civil engineering and quantity surveying scholarship programme.
The scholarship is worth £1,500 a year and provides paid training for eight weeks during the summer holidays and an industrial year placement, should the course include one.
The scholarship scheme is intended to lead to employment with Eurovia on its accredited graduate development programme.
Island Roads service director Paul Herbert said: "The Highways PFI is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Island and with it comes real opportunities to pursue a career in engineering and allied occupations.
"We look forward to receiving applications from Islanders."
The bursaries and scholarships are open to students whose main residence is on the Island and who studied at a state school, college or via an apprenticeship provider.
They must have a confirmed offer of an appropriate course from a UK university. Students applying for the engineering scholarship need to have been accepted on to a MEng degree programme.
• Applications must be received by noon on the September 9. More information is at www.islandroads.com