UKESF Scholars’ Workshop 2021

Following a year’s break due to the pandemic, the UKESF Scholars’ Workshop was back this September and more successful than ever, with 98% of attendees rating it as ‘Excellent’. Over 50 undergraduates from leading universities across the UK met at the University of York for four days of professional and personal development, which included hearing from a range of speakers, taking part in group exercises and networking with like-minded peers.

Stew Edmondson, CEO of the UKESF, said, “I’ve just had the pleasure and privilege of spending four days with our current group of undergraduate Scholars. The professional skills workshop is a unique part of our UKESF programme. It was really inspiring to be with so many impressive and highly motivated young Electronics engineers again, full of energy, ideas and intellectual curiosity. The future is bright!”

Group exercises

Attendees gained an insight into leadership, negotiation, ethics, neuro-linguistic programming, and cyber security, as well as receiving CV and career advice. Four former UKESF Scholars joined the Workshop virtually for the ever-popular panel session, where they spoke and answered questions about their experiences as graduate engineers.

Across the Workshop, attendees also benefitted from the chance to socialise and bond with other engineering undergraduates and enjoyed a formal dinner together on the final evening.

To find out how to get involved and how your company could benefit from connecting with a UKESF Scholar, click HERE.

Read a selection of the overwhelmingly positive feedback below:

“Fantastic week! Surpassed all expectations and it has changed the way I think about my career and the way I interact with the people around me.”

“I really don’t know how I can express how great and what an amazing opportunity this has been. I believe everyone will benefit from the work being done by the UKESF.”

“Didn’t know what I was expecting going into the Workshop but I have really enjoyed it.”

“I’ve learnt a lot more than anticipated and now appreciate that technical ability isn’t the most significant part of being an engineer – there are so many more skills that I have developed this week and will be incredibly useful to take into the workplace.”