Scholarships to study construction at Edinburgh Napier University
Housing, Construction & Infrastructure Skills Gateway (HSI) Skills Gateway is offering professional scholarships worth £70,000 for property and construction professionals at risk of redundancy in Scotland.
This new postgraduate scholarship scheme was devised by the HSI Skills Gateway in partnership with employers across South East Scotland to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the country’s workforce.
The new funding scheme will allow employees who have been furloughed or are at risk of redundancy to complete a fully funded postgraduate degree at Edinburgh Napier University, starting in January 2021.
The funding boost aims to provide skills and knowledge to professionals from underrepresented communities that will prepare them for senior roles in the Scottish construction through master’s level programmes.
The scheme will allow them to retain links with their employers with a view to returning to work in the sector post-pandemic.
Through this postgraduate scholarship scheme, employees from underrepresented communities, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, single parents, and caregivers, as well as veterans can apply for their postgraduate scholarship fees to be paid by the HCI Skills Gateway.
Additionally, selected individuals will also receive support from their employers with a 12-month sabbatical and a £15,000 stipend to support them during their studies.
This scheme allows employees to retain their employment rights while earning an advanced Masters level training in addition to saving employer’s up-front costs.
The Edinburgh Napier University offers postgraduate programmes for individuals interested in leading innovation within the construction and the built environment.
The university offers accredited programmes including its MSc Advanced Materials Engineering, MSc Advanced Structural Engineering, MSc Construction Project Management, MSc Environmental Sustainability, and MSc Real Estate Management & Investment for construction professionals.
Students enrolled in the university’s programmes will work in collaboration with industry partners to develop solutions to construction challenges as part of the master’s level programmes.
HCI Skills Gateway project manager, Kirsty Connell-Skinner said, While we’re only starting to see the long-lasting negative impact of COVID-19 on the Scottish property and construction sector, it’s critical we deliver new ways to support outstanding talent that is otherwise at risk of being lost forever from the industry. These scholarships will help Scottish construction build back better.”
The HCI Skills Gateway programme launched in 2019 also includes a range of short courses in renewable energy for homes, installing electric vehicle charging points, highways and road infrastructure, environmental technologies, and engagement with school pupils.
Professor Sean Smith of Edinburgh Napier University, who leads the HCI Skills Gateway, said: “This is the start of a step-change in support across the region to enable and support our future workforce and net-zero ambitions. This inclusive growth support will provide an attractive route into future job opportunities and career pathways and we are particularly keen to support unemployed entering this sector, attracting more women into construction and engineering and supporting existing employees with new skills.”