New Bursary Award For Construction Skills
From 2016/17 a maximum of 2 students each academic year will receive an award of £2,500 from the Duchy to support them in their studies and encourage the development of highly skilled construction and conservation professionals.
Commenting on the rationale behind the new award, Duchy Head of Project Management Graeme Chalk said: “The skills shortage in the construction industry has been well documented over a number of years. The Duchy wishes to encourage students to develop these skills and support the pursuit of excellence in conservation and construction techniques. Moulton College seemed like the ideal partner for this and we have been very impressed by the passion and professionalism of the students who have applied for the award.”
Andrew Bailey, Assistant Director of Student Services at Moulton College added: “The College specialises in vocational programmes, so a strong emphasis is placed upon applying knowledge through practical skills development and first-hand experience. We are delighted that the Duchy of Lancaster has chosen to partner with us to offer this bursary and we have had a tremendous response to the launch, with some excellent applications for this inaugural award.”
Interested students were asked to put together a slide presentation outlining what the bursary would mean to them, as well as completing a personal interview before the final selection was made. The winning students have been named as Tom Roscoe from Fleckney, Leicestershire and Peter Maynard of Olney, Buckinghamshire. Both are Level 2 students studying for a Diploma in Stonemasonry and they will receive their awards at the College’s annual scholarship presentation evening in June 2017.
The Duchy of Lancaster already supports agricultural students at Myerscough and Harper Adams Colleges and invests over £10,000 each year in academic awards and grants.