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2014 Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship Winners Announced

2014 Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship Winners Announced

2014 Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship Winners Announced as Jaguar Land Rover continues its support for future of women in engineering

29 October 2014

Photo: Left to Right - Fay Best, WISE; Chloe Adams-Pickford; Ruby Holmes; Danella Bagnall, Jaguar Land Rover.

  • Ruby Holmes, 19, from Derbyshire and Chloe Adams-Pickford, 18, from Sheffield to each receive £1,000 per year and professional mentoring to support their path into engineering
  • Currently women account for less than 10% of professional engineers in the UK
  • The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship highlights Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to increasing the number of female engineers in the UK and creating more diversity in the industry
  • Due to its success, the Scholarship has been extended this year to include young women entering engineering via the Apprenticeship route as well as the Graduate route into Engineering
  • WISE are now offering FREE membership to students and apprentices. Chloe and Ruby will become ambassadors – sharing their story with other girls to inspire them to follow in their footsteps

At the Graduate Science & Engineering Show, Derby, UK, 29 October 2014 – The winners of the second year of the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship - a funding programme that is encouraging young women to change the face of British engineering – have been announced as Ruby Holmes, 19, from Derbyshire and Chloe Adams-Pickford, 18, from Sheffield.

Selected by a panel of judges from over 100 entries, both Chloe and Ruby demonstrated an extraordinarily high level of passion and eagerness to take their first steps into the exciting world of engineering. Through a process of interviews and presentations, both young women exhibited the determination required to succeed in such a competitive field.

The scholarship will help Ruby through her Advanced Technical apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce, with Chloe using it towards her Engineering Science degree at Oxford University. As well as receiving £1,000 each per year during their studies, Ruby and Chloe will be given practical support with mentoring from senior Jaguar Land Rover engineers and WISE representatives. Chloe will also receive invaluable work experience at Jaguar Land Rover, where she will be able to engage first hand in various aspects of automotive engineering. Chloe commented: “While I've never personally felt my gender could be a barrier to my success this has conflicted with other peoples' preconceived ideas at times. It is only with a collaborative effort from organisations such as WISE, businesses and individuals that these ideas will change. I hope to dedicate time throughout my engineering career to an ambassadorial role, in order to help change them.”

Jaguar Land Rover partnered with WISE to introduce the scholarship in order to inspire more young women to take up engineering as a career, increasing diversity in the industry. The UK needs to get 1 million more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics to reach “critical mass” of 30% of the UK workforce.

Nicci Cook, Jaguar Land Rover Senior HR Manager, Product Creation & Delivery comments: “Last year we had an overwhelming response and we are delighted to have opened the scholarship again in 2014. Due to its success, the Scholarship has been extended this year to include young women entering engineering via the Apprenticeship route as well as the Graduate route into Engineering.

Through programmes such as the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship, Jaguar Land Rover is looking to contribute to the national aspirations to double the number of women studying engineering and technology degrees at undergraduate level by 2030; boost the number of women pursuing careers in engineering and technology; and increase the number of young people studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects at age 18.”

Rolls-Royce Advanced Technical apprentice Ruby Holmes said: “I am honoured to be awarded the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship. This will provide further support as I continue my apprenticeship. I am also excited to be working as an ambassador, encouraging more girls to choose amazing careers in engineering and technology.”

Rolls-Royce Learning Delivery Manager – Apprentices Steve Cramp said: “It is fantastic that Ruby has been chosen to receive this prestigious scholarship which will help support her on her first steps of an incredible career in engineering.  Rolls-Royce is fully supportive of WISE’s aims to inspire young women to choose a career in engineering and technology.  That is why we’ve set a target to reach 6 million people through Rolls-Royce STEM education programmes and activities by 2020.”

Last year’s scholarship winner Harriet Vickers spent a month at Jaguar Land Rover this summer: “To gain recognition from such an iconic brand that are at the forefront of engineering and design has improved my confidence and communication skills”

To register your interest in the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarships 2015 please email info@wisecampaign.org.uk

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