Wallace awarded scholarship

Wallace Shanks, from Dunadry, is celebrating winning a coveted Institution of Civil Engineers Quest Technician Scholarship.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:51 am

The prestigious award is a recognition of the achievement and ambition of higher technicians in the civil engineering industry.

Wallace studies an HLA in Civil and Environmental Engineering at SWC.

As part of his apprenticeship he is also employed by Martin & Hamilton Construction.

Wallace Shanks, from Dunadry, winner of an Institution of Civil Engineers Quest Technician Scholarship

A Higher Level Apprenticeship allows a student to earn while they learn and offers the benefit of providing real world experience to go alongside theory-led classroom learning.

Wallace said: “I am a very hands-on person, so I enjoy that I’m actually out on site most of the week getting first-hand experience. The most significant things I have learned so far are the things I could apply to my work on site. These include learning how to use booking sheets when working with a laser level, making concrete cubes for testing concrete strength and planning work.”

The Institution of Civil Engineers Quest Technician Scholarship is open to all eligible students across the Northern Ireland Region of the ICE and applicants were required to complete a very comprehensive application form, focussing on academic achievement, industrial experience and most importantly career aspirations.

The applicants were then invited for interview by a panel of professionally qualified engineers.

A condition of winning the scholarship was a commitment to assist the ICE in the promotion of the profession at career events and school visits.