An apprentice at Culham’s science centre has won a prestigious national bursary.
Katriya Sabin, 19, will now be able to take advantage of a variety of mentoring and work placement opportunities with one of the world’s largest engineering institutions.
The second year electrical engineering apprentice stood out from 75 contenders to win £1,000 in sponsorship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Katriya’s bursary will help her with travel and accommodation costs during her apprenticeship at the science centre near Abingdon.
Currently she commutes from Leamington every day, but she hopes to move somewhere closer to the Culham site.
Katriya said: “I’m incredibly pleased to receive the bursary. I chose to go through the apprenticeship route because I felt trapped in the academic route. Experience in the workplace is, in my opinion, just as valuable as a degree.”
As well as helping the drive towards fusion energy at Culham, she has her eye on some of the world’s other big hi-tech challenges: “I would like to broaden my horizons in the engineering world, keep an open mind on the routes I could go down.”