A YOUNG civil engineer beat out stiff competition to win a prestigious scholarship in the industry.

Beating competition from across the country, Joe Gaskell, from Leigh, has been awarded a £1000 scholarship by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The Technician Scholarship, which forms part of the ICE’s Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust (QUEST), recognises ability and potential whilst also providing a financial boost to recipients.

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The QUEST programme was set up in 1977 to encourage and support education in civil engineer, and Joe's award is only one of four to be made across the North West region.

Dr Janet Young, ICE director general, presented the award and said: “The ICE scholars are testament to the passion and creativity of the next generation of civil engineers.”

Joe 'absolutely committed' to civil engineering

Joe, who is combining part-time study at university alongside a job as a technician with Ringway Jacobs, said: “I’m absolutely committed to a career in civil engineering. The additional support from the ICE is really welcome whilst I continue my studies.”

Emma Antrobus, ICE North West director, added: “An ICE scholarship is a mark of distinction. It helps our scholars progress their civil engineering careers, improving people’s lives and creating a better future for society.”