The WEST Fund was established in memory of Ros Wall who was instrumental in setting up a range of local and national projects to encourage women and girls to take up careers in non-traditional roles in Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment.

WEST is a voluntary organisation based in Sheffield and run by a group of trustees who have been involved in this area since the 1980s.

Every year WEST makes small bursaries to offer practical support to women and girls who are learning or working in a non-traditional role or would like to do start to do this. For the last three years the bursary money has been raised through an annual film night.

In 2013 WEST received funds to develop outreach work. It is now working with three partners and other organisations to encourage girls and women in Sheffield to get involved in subjects and careers that they might not usually consider.

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24 Mar 2015

Watch this space for bursaries...

We’ll be launching WEST’s 2015 bursaries in May. Sign up for our enews (just put your email in the Get Updated box on the right!) or contact us to keep up to date.

Meanwhile you can see the stories of the seven winners for 2014, including Karline Symes (pictured).

Karline was studying to be a joiner at Bradford College when she applied for her bursary earlier this year. She received £75 from WEST towards driving lessons. She is now working as an apprentice joiner for Incommunities, one of the largest providers of social housing in the UK.

The seven young women were from all over Yorkshire and training in a range of skills from plumbing to stone masonry.

Full stories of 2014 winners

2013 bursary winners

2012 bursary winner


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