Ford UK Celebrates Centenary, to Award 100 New Scholarships

Marking its 100th anniversary in the UK, Ford announced the launch of a new £1 million UK university scholarship programme in technical and innovation fields. Under this scheme Ford will provide 100 student scholarships to support a new generation of engineers, scientists and innovators.

Ford is offering sponsorship of £10,000 per student over a three-year period. These scholarships are in addition to Ford's latest internship scheme for undergraduates, open to all age groups, including current unskilled employees, providing paths to career progression and offering the chance to develop core skills.

Ford of Britain is celebrating both 100 years as a leading marketing and sales operation in the UK, and 100 years since the first Ford, the Model T, was assembled at its Trafford Park facility in Manchester.

In the UK, Ford directly employs over 15,000 people and with a further 100,000 jobs supported through the Ford supplier chain and dealer network.

Ford's recently announced £1.5 billion investment in low-carbon engineering and manufacturing is helping to underpin the UK's manufacturing and export-based economic recovery.  Ford plants at Bridgend in South Wales and Dagenham in East London have the combined capacity to assemble two million engines annually so that one in three Ford vehicles globally can be powered by a UK-built engine.  Ford's Dunton Technical Centre in Essex is the global centre of excellence for diesel powertrain R&D and for European commercial vehicles.

“Ford of Britain is playing a key role in Ford’s global strategy, and continued investment in the UK will propel us forward into the next 100 years. The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship Programme will help encourage young people to study engineering, science and technology at university. These skills are fundamental to our future industrial base, the rebalancing of the UK economy and long term economic success,”
said Joe Greenwell, chairman of Ford of Britain.
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