Steve Wilce is set to graduate from the University of East Anglia with a 2:1 in Business Management thanks to the support of his company.
Steve is an Extinguisher Service Engineer at Chubb’s Cambridge branch, and studied towards the degree part time over five years, backed by Chubb’s Employee Scholarship Programme (ESP).
He received notification of his results at the end of January, but will have to wait until November to don his mortarboard and receive the certificate formally at the graduation ceremony.
Steve started by completing a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in business as a pre-qualification to the degree, before moving onto the MSc course. “Completing a degree was something that I had always wanted to do,” says Steve. “I enrolled on the HNC course to better myself by learning something new. Passing the HNC course, I was able to move onto the Business Management degree.
“Though I started the studies on my own, when the ESP was introduced I found that I qualified and so signed up. Under the scheme, the company paid the remaining tuition fees and money towards learning materials, which was a great help. The ESP is a brilliant incentive,” Steve concludes.
Jane Garland, Chubb Fire’s Marketing and Communications Manager said, “Congratulations to Steve for completing this course. It takes a great deal of hard work and dedication to successfully complete a degree while working full time, and we are pleased to reward this hard work with some well-deserved shares.
“As a leading provider of Fire solutions, we are committed to excellence in all that we do, the Employee Scholarship Programme demonstrates this commitment to our employees in equipping them with all the necessary skills to succeed.”
Under the programme, which is open to all employees, Chubb Fire’s parent company, UTC, pays for all tuition, books and academic fees, and rewards graduating employees with UTC shares or share options. Employees can choose any field of study, not necessarily job related, provided that a nationally recognised institution is offering the degree course.