Newcastle University is helping address essential skills gaps in engineering by offering new degree apprenticeships.
Just under £108,000 has been awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) to develop a Power Engineering Integrated Degree Apprenticeship for students starting at the University in September 2018.
The aim of the scheme is to bring together higher education study with paid work, as degree apprentices spend part of their time in study and part with their employer.
Dr Stuart Edwards, Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Science, Agriculture and Engineering, said: “Newcastle University has a strong track record in working with industry and recognises the need for degree apprenticeships that will support industry in addressing essential skills gaps in engineering and STEM."
Over the next few months, the University will consult stakeholders on the needs of employers and apprentices and develop options to ensure that the scheme provides an excellent student experience and meet the educational objectives that fit with the delivery of an apprenticeship programme.
Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University, said: “Newcastle University is enthusiastic about developing new ways of working with employers to offer the best opportunities to develop talented and highly-skilled workforces.
“Increasing the number and range of degree apprenticeships allows more people to access higher education opportunities and develop in the careers of their choice, earning while they learn.”