CSA Catapult joins UKESF Scholarship Scheme

6th October 2020 | News

Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult who is at the heart of next-generation Electronics Technologies has joined the UKESF Scholarship Scheme.

Upon joining the scheme Martin McHugh​, Acting CEO and CTO of the CSA Catapult said “people are at the heart of our strategy at the Catapult. Across the wider compound semiconductors ‘eco-system’, we want to build career pathways and develop a talent pipeline to help enable our collective success. A key part of this is about attracting new graduates and developing entry level engineers. Therefore, we are partnering with the UKESF through their Scholarship Scheme.  We see this as a great way of connecting with undergraduates from a wide range of universities and promoting careers in compound semiconductors.”

The CSA Catapult is also an active member of TechWorks – the UK’s leading Deep Tech industry association. With shared values in striving to collaboration across our industries diverse supply chains the CSA Catapult has worked closely with TechWorks and its communities on a number of projects including the ESCAPE project (End2end Supply Chain development for Automotive Performance Electronics).

Jillian Hughes, Director of the NMI Network which is operated by TechWorks commented “with the forecasted growth in the compound semiconductor market in the next 5 years and the challenges we face in relation to skills, it’s fantastic that our members recognise the importance of training the next generation of engineers to allow us to be  leaders in this marketplace.”

Stew Edmondson, CEO of the UKESF added “I’m really delighted that the CSA Catapult have joined our UKESF Scholarship Scheme.  They are a really progressive organisation working on interesting projects and cutting-edge technologies; they will provide fantastic opportunities for the undergraduates.  For the Catapult, joining our Scholarship Scheme is a great way of, not only, connecting with students but raising awareness and generating interest in compound semiconductors at universities.”

The UKESF now has 24 partner universities, from right across the UK. With these partners, they continue to attract high-quality students to the Scholarship Scheme.  Last year they received over 230 applications from undergraduates, with an increase in the percentage of female students applying; indeed, over a quarter (28%) of Scholarships were awarded to female students.  Employers interested in joining the scheme can find out more here (https://www.ukesf.org/employers/scholarship-scheme/).

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