The partnership will provide new opportunities for apprentices who are studying engineering through GET to be able to progress on the Level 6 engineering apprenticeships at the University. That means they will be able to achieve a full Degree qualification in engineering.
New undergraduate engineering courses will start at the University’s Park Campus in September 2019. This further expands the University’s role in providing higher level technical and professional education to address skills gaps in key STEM areas. Gloucestershire Engineering Training has been designing and delivering engineering programmes for 40 years. This new relationship has been formally cemented in a memorandum of understanding signed by the University’s Vice Chancellor Stephen Marston and Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Engineering Training, Linsey Temple.
Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said: The University is delighted to be working in partnership with GET to extend opportunities for people in Gloucestershire to gain top quality engineering qualifications here in the county. GET have an excellent reputation for their apprenticeship programmes, designed and delivered with some of the top engineering companies in Gloucestershire. The University will build on and complement that great tradition by offering people the opportunity to go a step further in their professional development, to achieve a full honours degree qualification. The University has been working for some years to expand our offer of professional, vocational and technical programmes, working closely with employers across the region to meet their skills needs. This is a big further step towards that goal, given the importance of the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector in Gloucestershire. By helping companies meet their needs for skilled and qualified staff, we can further boost growth, jobs and productivity in the county.
Linsey Temple, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Engineering Training, added: “GET set themselves the mission of being the hub of engineering training expertise in the country by offering our customers a one stop shop facility for all their engineering training needs. GET has a long history of delivering programmes at levels 2 and 3 and more recently over the past decade offering programmes at levels 4 and 5. We are pleased to work with the local university to complete the process by now being in a position to also offer programmes at levels 6 and 7. Individuals can enter and exit learning at whatever level is relevant for them. It also offers businesses the flexibility of being able to support employees across a range of skill and ability levels within the organisation. This partnership enables us to respond to the needs and demands of the businesses within our county without the need of using provision from neighbouring counties which is great for the economy and businesses within Gloucestershire.”