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Adam Donelly is flying high after receiving a £1,000 grant towards a further education course in Aircraft Engineering. Here he talks about his experiences as one of the first beneficiaries of Chivas Brothers' national bursary scheme.

It was a real milestone to secure a place on the Aircraft Engineering HNC (Higher National Certificate) course at Ayrshire College. It’s such a good course and gives you a really strong understanding of the aerospace industry.

My only worry was about the costs of travel for the one-hour commute from my home in Linwood to the college in Ayr. That’s when my mum, Jacqueline, who works as a payroll analyst at Chivas Brothers’ Paisley site, encouraged me to apply for Chivas Brothers’ bursary programme.

It’s delivered in partnership with the Scottish International Education Trust (SIET) and gives employees and their families the opportunity to receive financial support for further education or training. I couldn’t believe it when I was awarded a £1,000 grant. The bursary has been a real lifeline this year as it has allowed me to focus on my studies.

I’ve particularly enjoyed the practical element of the course as you’re able to get real life experience on how aircraft systems work. For example, as part of our aerodynamics class we were able work on a piece of wing from an aircraft to make it more efficient. We also have a wind tunnel on site where we can test technologies.

Now, I’m really looking forward to progressing onto the Aircraft Engineering HND (Higher National Diploma) course, where I’ll be able to specialise even further. This will take me one step closer to securing a place at university, and ultimately a job as an aeronautical engineer. I feel really lucky to have been one of the first to receive the grant and cannot urge people enough to apply, it’s an amazing opportunity which helps you to further your education and learning. 


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