Four Fife College students have received a timely boost to their careers after being awarded a prestigious Shell UK scholarship.
Engineering students Sean Tyrrell, Craig Reid, Fiona Macdonald and Nathan Wragg have been awarded bursaries of £1,000 each from the energy company.
The Shell UK Scholarship, awarded as part of the Adam Smith Scholarship Programme, which is part of Fife College, recognizes academic ability as well as a commitment to study to progress in the energy industry.
The scholarships, offered by Shell since 2009, can be used by students to purchase equipment and supplies to support their studies and transfer to another course or employment in the sector.
HNC Electrical Engineering students Sean and Craig and HNC Mechanical Engineering student Fiona received bursaries during a special visit and tour of the Shell UK Fife NGL plant in Mossmorran. The fourth recipient of the scholarship, Nathan, was unfortunately unable to attend on the day of the visit.
This was the first time scholarships had been awarded at Fife NGL. Sean, Craig and Fiona were met at the plant by Mairi McKay, Public Relations Officer, and given an introduction to the business by Craig Burnett, Plant Manager.
Craig also spoke about his career at Shell, as well as providing career advice on how to break into the industry. The students were then taken on a tour of the site by Tyne Bradley, lead engineer.
Sean Tyrrell from Markinch said:
“The visit to Mossmorran was very interesting and a great way to learn how engineering professionals work on a day-to-day basis.
“As someone who has worked in hospitality for my twenties, the Shell scholarship and the recognition of my academic achievements have boosted my confidence as I embark on my new career in renewable energy.”
Craig Reed from Dunfermline said:
“It was an honor to be invited to Mossmorran. A facility that has always been on my doorstep, I was very interested to learn exactly how the plant works and what is processed.
“The staff we met were very informative and answered all my questions. Who knows, hopefully one day I will be able to work again.”
Fiona McDonald from Edinburgh said:
“The visit was a great opportunity to see many of the topics I study in action and applied in industry. I will use the scholarship from Shell to access more courses to improve my engineering skills and knowledge.”
Craig Burnett, Head of Shell UK’s Fife NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) plant, said:
“By linking real-life experiences and learning experiences, we aim to nurture the next generation of problem-solvers, leaders and innovators, and increase the UK’s skills base and recruitment of scientists and engineers.
“We were delighted to welcome Sean, Craig and Fiona to the factory to present them with their scholarships – we hope they enjoyed their visit.
“Congratulations to all four Adam Smith Scholarship winners this year. Each of them is very worthy of their award. I am confident that they will be able to enjoy exciting and fulfilling careers in the energy sector in the future.”
Lynne Gold, Head of Scholarships and Alumni Engagement at Fife College, said:
“We were delighted to visit the Fife NGL plant – what a great opportunity for our students to get up close to a working plant and learn more about the technology, as well as see where their scholarship support comes from.
“Sean, Fiona, Craig and Nathan are very deserving winners of this year’s scholarship. Winning these awards will give them financial backing, but having a global company like Shell on their CV will also really help them stand out from the crowd as they take their next steps.”
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