12/06/2019

Mechanical Engineering launched as Degree Apprenticeship

We have now launched our BEng Degree in Mechanical Engineering as an apprenticeship Level 6 qualification.

This is an important step in our quest to engage more with employers and provide job opportunities for our graduates.

Apprenticeships are a way of earning whilst learning. For those companies paying the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, fees are paid directly on behalf of the student and “on-the-job” training is provided which goes toward the requirements for professional body recognition.

Apprenticeships are nothing new; they started in the middle ages when craftsmen gave free board and lodging in return for a young person's labour.

The apprenticeships were regulated with legally binding documents called indentures, which committed the employer to meet obligations to each other. The employer had to commit to providing on the job training whilst the apprentice committed to working diligently.

Over the years the concept developed with apprenticeships ultimately including some formal education outside of work. The concept of a legal binding document still, however, remains the same although it is not now called an indenture.

Apprenticeships are a great way to ensure that employers and education providers give what is needed to become a professional engineer. Employer or student, we would love to discuss apprenticeships with you.

Prof Danny Morton (Head of School of Engineering)

Engineering

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