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Siemens & University of Salford launch skills partnership

16 February 2016

Siemens has moved to boost skills in the engineering sector in the North West via a unique new partnership with the higher and further education sectors.

The global engineering giant, which employs 14,000 people in the UK, has joined forces with the University of Salford and Trafford College to develop education and training programmes for school leavers to degree level.

The three organisations have outlined a new Degree Apprenticeship which would allow company recruits to study block release at Trafford College and the University of Salford, working seamlessly from Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diploma to Bachelor of Engineering level.
Degree Apprenticeships, which are part government-funded, allow people to study while working and achieve higher qualifications without accruing large student debts.

Mike Houghton, Divisional Director of Process Industry and Drives at based at Siemens, Manchester, said: “This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work with two heavyweights of engineering education, Trafford College and the University of Salford.

“Siemens has 500 trainees at any given time, so this is a fantastic opportunity to add value to their careers and the region’s higher skills base.”

Sir Bill Moorcroft, Principal at Trafford College, said: “This is a fantastic project that brings together a key employer and education partners to provide an innovative pathway for high quality engineering graduates of the future that will be part of the UK’s economic growth, and provide a route map for others to follow.”

Professor Paul Rowlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Salford said: “We are thrilled to be working with Siemens and Trafford College as a university which prides itself on its industry collaborations.

“This is an exciting partnership model which we hope will generate excellent options for engineers hoping to further their careers and strengthen engineering in the UK.”

Siemens and its partners hope to see the first graduates from the three-way collaboration in 2018.