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Bursaries for 2018!

4 December 2017 Return to news listings

Bursaries for 2018!


In 2016 the Benevolent Society, charity of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), changed its constitution to allow the charity to award bursaries to help individuals enter the industries that fall under the BATF umbrella. This has enabled the Benevolent Society to assist not only those at the end of their careers but individuals who are embarking on careers in the associated industries, allowing the Society to broaden its spectrum of support across the industries.

Following the change in constitution a pilot scheme was launched from September 2016 to July 2017 whereby two jewellery students; Ruth Hallows and Annabel Large were awarded significant bursaries to allow them to cover their fees to progress onto higher level courses. Both students have had an extremely successful year, and have been identified as ‘rising stars’ within the industry.

As a result of such a successful pilot scheme the Trustees of the Benevolent Society agreed for bursaries applications to be rolled out to all of the other BATF federated trade associations with the first bursary of 2017 being awarded to Surface Engineering Association (SEA) member company, Swinton Electroplating. SEA Chief Executive, David Elliott said, “This is excellent news” when hearing that Sarah Evens of Swinton Electroplating had been awarded a bursary from the Benevolent Society. “We have identified that there is a skills gap within our sector and this initiative from the Benevolent Society is very welcome and will assist in the development of the next generation of surface engineers in the UK”

The application process is still open to those who wish to apply for a bursary (up to £9,000 for one candidate) to help begin or further their career within the BATF industries.

BTAA Chief Executive, Diana Blair said “this is an excellent opportunity for BTAA members’ wanting to develop the skills set within their work force, especially those involved in leathercraft”.

Further information can be found at www.thebenevolentsociety.co.uk.

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