Students scoop Pöyry scholarship

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Two students from Banff and Buchan College have been awarded a scholarship from a leading global engineering and consultancy company.

Susan Wallace from Rosehearty and Jan Cervenka from the Czech Republic, who are both studying towards their HND Business qualification, have been awarded £500 each towards their studies by Pöyry, which has offices in Aberdeen.

The pair are among more than 30 students across Scotland who will share a total of £140,000 over a four year period as part of the company’s ambitious initiative.

Susan Wallace said “I was so surprised to win the scholarship, I really didn’t expect to be successful and went to the interview for experience more than anything!

“It will be so valuable to me throughout my course and will also be a great thing to have on my CV. It is fantastic to have secured a scholarship while at college and especially one with such a widely recognised company. It’s great that Pöyry runs this schem

“e and it’s a good thing for Banff and Buchan College to be part of. Now I’m looking to the future and hope to continue my studies by going to university next year.”

Pöyry established the programme in 2009 because it believes more should be done to develop a strong energy skills base within Scotland. Steve Fogg, European President of Oil and Gas at Pöyry, is an advocate for investing in skills development for those looking to forge a career in oil and gas.

Steve says: “The future of our energy industry in Scotland lies in the emerging talent on our doorstep.

“We are committed to investing in the engineers and business leaders of tomorrow and I have been thoroughly impressed with the calibre of candidates who were successful in the scholarship scheme this year. I look forward to providing continuing support through their academic studies and future careers.”

As well as working with Banff and Buchan College, the company is also providing scholarship grants to students at: University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, University of Edinburgh, Heriott-Watt University, and University of Strathclyde.

Principal at Banff and Buchan College, Paul Sherrington, said: “Working with companies such as Pöyry ensures that our students are exposed to global players and helps support their career aims.

“I thank Pöyry for their support and wish Susan and Jan good luck in achieving their qualification. I am sure that the Pöyry sponsorship will help them greatly and open their eyes to their future beyond study.”

Pöyry’s Aberdeen team specialises in front-end engineering design (FEED) for the oil and gas industry and also recently launched a renewable energy division. Pöyry employs more than 60 people in Aberdeen and is headquartered in Finland. It is active in five industry sectors: Energy, Forest Industry, Transportation, Water & Environment and Construction Services.