Gower College Swansea and Cardiff University have a formed a partnership that will enable businesses and professionals to benefit from the first Integrated Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme to be rolled out in Wales.
The new BEng Integrated Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme is designed to help businesses recruit new members for, and to continually develop, their engineering teams. Both existing employees and newly recruited staff working within the engineering industry can apply to undertake a fully funded Degree Apprenticeship that is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for Incorporated Engineer status.
There will be a provision for personalised remote learning provision, reducing the need for students to travel to college and university. During their course, students will explore all areas of the engineering industry, including mechanics, project management, integrated product design and thermodynamics.
Demand for the ten Welsh government-funded places on the degree’s first intake is already high from businesses and individuals. Applicants must hold a level-three qualification. Successful candidates will then study towards their level-four and -five qualifications at Gower College Swansea before transferring to Cardiff University to complete the final two years of the university-level degree.
‘Our partnership with Cardiff University is a direct response to the need we know exists within the Welsh engineering sector,’ said Denise Thomas, learning area manager for engineering at Gower College Swansea. ‘This Integrated Engineering Degree Apprenticeship is truly unique and follows years of development, founded on our experience of supporting leading Welsh businesses and professionals. Our integrated approach will blend mechanical, electrical, electronic and manufacturing engineering, to enable individuals to gain a broad knowledge base, while helping to ensure that Wales develops the talent required for multidisciplinary engineering environments.’
‘The BEng Integrated Engineering Degree Apprenticeship provides learners with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and professionalise each key area of the engineering industry,’ said Phil Anderson of Cardiff University. ‘Our integrated, flexible course delivery is key in allowing these learners and earners to immediately implement their new knowledge and understanding of engineering straight into their careers, even as they learn, allowing them to futureproof their path.’
Applications to join the BEng Integrated Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme must be made by 16 September 2021. Individuals and businesses looking to explore options to enrol should contact [email protected].