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Supporting Careers in Manufacturing and Engineering

Automate BEST has introduced a range of initiatives in partnership with UK Universities to support students pursuing manufacturing and engineering careers.

The Grant Jamieson Award is to be presented to an outstanding individual who has shown interest and potential in graduate engineering careers of relevance to Automate UK member businesses. The additional financial support will help this individual in the pursuit of their engineering career.

To be eligible, a student must be in year 11, be studying at a UK post-16 educational institution, or working as an apprentice at an Automate UK member company. Nominations are accepted from all schools, post-16 educational institutions, and Automate UK members.

To nominate an Engineering Student for the annual Grant Jamieson Award, send a nomination letter (no more than 500 words) including the following to info@automate-best.org:

  • Details of the person you’d like to nominate.
  • Information about their academic achievements/skills, together with their engineering interests outside of work.
  • Additional details such as photos and drawings, of projects or achievements (where possible), to help the trustees assess what sets this person apart as an exceptional talent for the future.
  • Clearly stated reasons why the Grant Jamieson Scholarship will help the person to move onto higher education and a career in engineering.

In signing up as an Education Affiliate of Automate UK you will be given access to a range of member benefits. There will also be the possibility of nominating students who meet the criteria for the Automate BEST Scholarship.

For further information on how to register as an Education Affiliate of Automate UK for FREE please email info@automate-best.org.

About the Grant Jamieson Award

The Grant Jamieson Award is an annual scholarship to be made in the memory of a past chair of the PPMA who sadly passed away recently. Grant Jamieson was a successful business leader, a talented engineer and former apprentice himself. His passion for the subject extended to working with local education and supporting young engineers at the start of their careers. The Grant Jamieson Engineering Scholarship was officially launched in December 2021. 

Each year we invite nominations for a grant of up to £5,000 to be awarded to "an outstanding individual who has shown both interest and potential in a field of engineering relevant to Automate UK member businesses and, for whom, additional financial support will help them to pursue their engineering career."

One source of nominations is “Colleges or Universities annually nominated by Automate BEST who have identified an exceptional student through educational achievement and self-generated engineering projects who, whilst capable of progressing further, may not have the financial support to continue.” 

The deadline for nominations is the end of July 2024.

Automate BEST is a working name for PPMA BEST, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation Charity number 1156041. Registered address: New Progress house, 34 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AA