Jersey Water’s second Bursary Scheme student, Joshua Pereira has completed his degree and recently graduated with a Biochemistry degree (BSc Hons) from Essex University.
The Jersey Water Bursary scheme was launched in 2009, and is available to students that are looking to study subjects such as:
• Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical
• Water resources, management and conservation
• Environmental sciences
The scheme not only offers financial support towards studies but also paid work experience across the Company, something that is becoming more important for students, when trying to stand out in what is becoming a very competitive work environment.
Joshua commented on this aspect of the scheme in particular “The work experience I have undertaken has been diverse and assisted with subjects I studied on my degree. In particular I appreciated the opportunity to gain valuable laboratory experience and also build my knowledge on what is involved in the water industry and the challenges it presents. I have been able to experience first- hand how biological processes must be managed so an efficient and reliable service can be provided for customers.”
Cheryl Kaye, HR Manager for Jersey Water said “We are delighted that Joshua has completed his degree and graduated. As our second Bursary Scheme student he has also set a high standard for others to follow through the commitment he demonstrated during his work experience with us. We wish him continued success in the future.
Final thoughts from Joshua “The funding is extremely helpful for paying towards tuition fees, and combined with paid work experience it has enabled me to boost my CV and also relate my experience from Jersey Water to my degree on a practical level. Jersey Water staff throughout the Company have also made me very welcome and I appreciate the knowledge and time they have shared with me. “
There are currently two other students that are being supported on the Bursary Scheme by Jersey Water, who have returned for the summer holidays before starting back to university in the autumn.
They are Conor Hubert who will be starting his third year studying Civil Engineering and Lauren McCarthy who will be starting her second year studying Chemistry both at Bristol University.
The interest for the Bursary Scheme continues to be good and the calibre of students very high, making it a difficult choice to select but Jersey Water are happy to announce the successful student for 2013, is Sean Mitchell who hopes to study Mechanical Engineering in September with Bath University.
Applications for the Bursary Scheme Award for 2014 will be invited in January 2014 and further information can be found on the Jersey Water website www.jerseywater.je/bursary.
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