The University of Gloucestershire is now running degree apprenticeships in Manufacturing Engineering and in Control / Technical Support Engineering
Launched in January 2020, the programmes were developed in consultation with Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET) and provide a progression pathway for learners who have completed lower level qualifications.
The introduction of these apprenticeships is indicative of the university’s commitment to advanced manufacturing in the region.
As Dr Polly Pick, Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships, explains: “Here at the University of Gloucestershire we are committed to delivering a step-change in the availability of high-quality education in advanced manufacturing and engineering. ‘These apprenticeships will provide opportunities for people in Gloucestershire to achieve top level qualifications right here in the county.
‘They also benefit businesses by enabling us to deliver an instant injection of high-level skills into the workplace.”
Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeships develop engineers able to support the activities involved in bringing design programmes to production. This role is pivotal to the planning and smooth delivery of exciting new products, or product refresh programmes. The focus is on advanced manufacturing techniques and project management skills designed to launch products on time, on cost, and of the right quality.
The Control / Technical Support Engineering Degree Apprenticeships develop professionals able to ensure the smooth running of manufacturing activity in areas such as site maintenance. Typically, degree apprentices work closely with other production roles in a fast-paced and cost-conscious manufacturing environment, where complex problem solving is key.
Both programmes take approximately 5 years, with learners achieving a BEng from the University of Gloucestershire upon successful completion. Entry requirements are agreed with employers but learners should have level 2 qualifications in maths and English (GCSE at grade C / 4 or above, or equivalent). Apprentices must also be in full-time employment (e.g. employed for at least 30 hours per week) in a relevant job role.
In addition to these engineering programmes, the university also offers apprenticeships in finance, leadership and management, health and social care, cyber security and education. These lead to qualifications including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and other professional certifications. As such, they provide a development pathway for staff at every level, at any age and in any industry.
There is funding available to support all higher and degree apprenticeships – larger organisations can recover costs through the apprenticeship levy, while smaller employers can access non-levy funding to meet 95% of the qualification costs.
To find out more about these apprenticeship programmes, visit glos.ac.uk/apprenticeships