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Bursary Scheme

The Loughs Agency Bursary Scheme provides financial support to students. It allows them to improve their personal and professional development and gain critical experience through work placements relevant to their future career.

About the Bursary Programme

The Bursary Programme is valuable for those working towards a career in conservation, protection, management, promotion and development of fisheries and marine resources or IT. A 10-month placement with us will give you an insight into the disciplines that interest you most. You’ll build and develop the skills you need for a successful career and gain valuable experience to add to your CV. We’ll give you plenty of support to help you achieve your goals.

As part of your 10-month placement you can expect a formal induction and structured training. You’ll receive on-the-job experience in real projects, and will liaise with a range of clients. A dedicated line manager will mentor you to help you identify and reach your goals.

Flexibility will be considered with regard to start date and duration of placements.

There are a limited number of bursaries available and payment is subject to budget constraints.

Support available

Loughs Agency provides financial support of up to £6,000 spread evenly over the 10 months of the placement. Financial support for shorter placements will be reduced accordingly. The Queen’s University & Santander SME Internship Support may provide an additional £1,000 support to Queen’s University students only.

Payment of a bursary will be made monthly by BACS transfer into your account. The amount issued is non-negotiable.

How and when to apply

Our selection process aims to recruit the best people onto our bursary programme. We hope it will offer you the chance to showcase your talents. It’s important to us that you have a good experience, one which you will learn from and hopefully enjoy.

Once the deadline for applications has passed, Loughs Agency will consider all the applications received. We will email you no later than 21 working days after the closing date to let you know whether you’ve been successful. Loughs Agency will not return your application form so you are advised to keep a copy. Applicants who pass the first stage will be invited to attend a short panel interview.

If you’ve been placed on a reserve list, Loughs Agency may consider your application at a subsequent time during the scheme.

Data held is subject to Loughs Agency’s Data Protection Policy and will be treated accordingly.

If you provide incorrect or incomplete information, fail to complete the work placement, fail to meet the eligibility criteria or do anything which might bring Loughs Agency into disrepute, Loughs Agency may without prejudice terminate its agreement with you with immediate effect. We will not pay any money to you and/or may require you to return any money already paid to you.

Current Opportunities

See vacancy section on main career page 

Health and Safety

Students on work placements are expected to familiarise themselves with health and safety processes to ensure their personal safety and well-being.

Loughs Agency provides Public Liability insurance cover up to a value of £10,000,000.

Further information

If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact the Human Resource Officer who is responsible for managing the Bursary Scheme.

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