The Skills 4 Scholar’s Award was created by the UKESF in partnership with Skills 4 and was open to female scholars entering their final year of university. The successful applicant received a place on Skills 4’s award-winning Career Development Programme.

EMPOWER - Career Development Programme

The EMPOWER – Career Development Programme was designed to help women further their career and has already encouraged over 8,000 women to advance professionally during the fourteen years since its inception. Normally delivered via a pre-course activity and four workshops over a period of three months, the programme reports that 97% of participants have a more proactive approach to career progression upon completion of the sessions, and 88% have higher levels of self-confidence.


The Skills 4 Award was open to female UKESF scholars entering their final year of university and on track for a 2:1 or above.

How to apply

All Scholars are asked to complete the Annual Scholar Report form each autumn, which included a tick box to opt in to be considered for the award. The selection process took into account academic performance, feedback from placement, contribution to STEM and personal reflection.

Past Winners

2020, Lydia Moore,

University of Southampton
sponsored by AWE

2019 Rachel Howard,

University of Bristol
sponsored by Altran (now Capgemini)

2018 Lauren Page,

University of Surrey
sponsored by Renesas

2017 Kathryn Frankland,

University of Nottingham
sponsored by Imagination Technologies

2016 Keerthi Mukku,

University of Surrey
sponsored by Renesas




Winning this award means a lot to me. There is always room for me to improve my confidence and professional development... I am very excited to learn from Skills 4 UK.

Rachel Howard, Skills 4 Scholar’s Award winner 2019