Gaining career enhancing skills

Paul Boughton
It is important for engineers to be continually gaining new skills and developing collaborations. The Royal Academy of Engineering's Global Research Awards provides funding for UK-based engineers who wish to travel overseas to gain career enhancing skills.

"The trip allowed me to build a new network of contacts and to learn from established professionals in the US and Australia," comment from Ahmed Elsheikh whose trip of six months was spread over three years.

The purpose of the trip could be to access specialist equipment not currently available in the UK, learn new techniques or to establish new projects with internationally leading organisations.

'The connections have resulted in real progress for collaborative projects with potential for success and there were significant personal achievements' says Mark Price who spent sevenmonths at the Georgia Institute of Technology, US.

Awards cover up to 50 per cent of the total costs of the secondment, to a maximum of £40k. Costs that can be claimed include salary, flights, accommodation, local transportation and language training if required. For longer secondments, accompanying family member costs for may also be claimed.

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