Access control brand Paxton has revealed the first students to be accepted onto its new scholarship programme.
Launched in November 2017, the initiative gave students studying engineering and product design-related courses at the University of Brighton the chance to win three scholarship places each worth £10,000, plus a three-month paid work placement with the Brighton-based company from July 2018.
The chosen students will take part in research projects that will contribute towards the final year project of their degree course.
Paxton hosted a student open day at its new training and demonstration facility, the Paxton Technology Centre, in November. Attended by more than 100 students from the University of Brighton the event provided a lowdown of the IP access control and door entry brand and the application process, introductions to Paxton’s product development and research experts, and hands-on demos of its product range.
Sixteen applicants were then invited to an assessment day, where they undertook a series of practical tasks and interviews.
The three students who then won places on the scholarship programme were Yury Johnson, 20, who is studying (BEng) Electronics and Computing; Laurence Budd, 21, (BSc) Computer Science; and Sam Innes, 20, (BSc) Computer Science.
“I’d like to congratulate the three students that have secured the 2018 Paxton Scholarship,” said Paxton CEO Adam Stroud. “The Paxton Scholarship is a long-term initiative designed to ensure that we can secure the bright-minds needed for the company’s continued success and prosperity.
“I am thrilled at how the initiative was embraced by both the team at Paxton as well as the students and staff at the University of Brighton.
“We hope that for the students involved, the Paxton Scholarship will mean much more than just financial help. Industry experience, without having to take a year out, will be invaluable to their development and help them to decide what career they wish to pursue.
“We also believe it will continue to highlight the diverse range of roles available within the security industry and the opportunities offered by a growing and exciting business sector.”
Sam Davies, University of Brighton’s Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement said: “Congratulations to the students and to Paxton for introducing this exciting and unique opportunity.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Paxton in establishing this new scholarship programme which provides our students with access to the realities of the workplace and the challenges companies like Paxton face on a day-to-day basis.”
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