The UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF) has reported a 70% increase in industry support for the second year of its university scholarship programme. It now receives funding from 12 firms to award 51 UKESF Scholarships to elite electronics engineering undergraduate students – up from 30 in 2010.
The scheme includes bursaries, paid work experience, industrial mentoring and professional development workshops designed to help students make the transition from university to the workplace more smoothly.
UKESF was founded in 2010 by collaboration of public bodies, private companies and UK universities to address the threat of a diminishing skills base in the UK electronics sector. Its principal aims are to increase and sustain the supply of industry ready graduate engineers and boost career take up in the industry, worth £23 billion per year to the UK economy.