Launched in 2008, in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, the programme is open to Computer Science and Engineering students studying at both universities and aims to nurture fresh talent in the UK Information Technology (IT) sector. Scholars work alongside Civica professionals during paid summer and year-out placements to gain valuable workplace experience; to date, more than 50 IT and Engineering students across the UK have joined the programme, each securing a scholarship package worth up to £25,000.
With financial assistance secured, Civica’s six new scholars will continue with their first-year studies at Queen’s University Belfast, returning to Civica Digital in summer 2018 to start their first industrial placement.
The Civica Scholarship Programme is a great example of how the collaboration between academics and employers can help to develop young individuals, and prepare them for industry. So for Queen’s, and more importantly, our students, the programme is really beneficial
This year’s scholars – Esther Millar, Reuben Brown, Lemuel Hui, Cameron Thompson, Ryan McKeever and Peter Morrison were welcomed to a ceremony at Civica’s Belfast office along with family members and university representatives.
Speaking at the ceremony, Venita Murphy, Careers & Placement Advisor at Queen’s University Belfast said: “The Civica Scholarship Programme is a great example of how the collaboration between academics and employers can help to develop young individuals, and prepare them for industry. So for Queen’s, and more importantly, our students, the programme is really beneficial. We are delighted that Civica, alongside Queen’s University Belfast, is committed to helping these students and graduates of the future.”
One of the 2018 scholars Esther Millar, added: “I was really interested in the projects that Civica has worked on in the past and the fact that the technologies they’re involved with really make a difference to people’s lives.”