STEWART Milne Group’s access scholarship scheme at Robert Gordon University has been hailed a success.
Stephen Collins, now in his second year of the BSc construction management course at the university, was awarded a scholarship worth £8,000 in 2019. The funding meant that he no longer had to work two jobs to fund his studies.
He said, “The scholarship has aided me hugely as it helps me to focus on my work without financial worries. I can only imagine it will help me out significantly in the future. I am extremely grateful for the support.”
As well supporting Stephen financially, the scholarship offers a 15-week placement within Stewart Milne Homes to gain relevant skills and industry experience which the firm said will enhance his employability within construction.
Stewart Milne Group added that Covid-19 has not affected its commitment to funding programmes like its access scholarship. The firm said that Stephen is due to start his placement with Stewart Milne Homes in 2021 and that it will be carried out in line with government guidance on construction work at that time.
Sarah Dingwall, development manager at the RGU Foundation, commented, “RGU is committed to widening access to higher education. The scholarship scheme supports this aim, enabling students from backgrounds typically under-represented at university to reach their full potential, through a package of financial and dedicated pastoral support.
“RGU’s access scholarships raise aspirations and create opportunity for students who may otherwise face barriers. We are extremely grateful to Stewart Milne Group for their support”.
Stuart McGregor, CEO of Stewart Milne Group, said, “Attracting, developing and retaining the best talent is key to our success and our future growth. Our commitment to and support for these different routes into construction help address the skills gap in our sector and promote the attractive opportunities and diverse career paths in construction.
“Programmes such as the Stewart Milne Access Scholarship allow anyone to pursue a career in construction, regardless of their background, through financial support, encouragement and practical experience. We wish Stephen the best of luck with his continued study and look forward to his placement within Stewart Milne Homes.”