A new partnership with the University of Strathclyde’s Engineering Academy will see NEL supporting students in their professional development and providing summer work placements.
“We will be taking the first batch of students over the coming three months,” says Head of Research and Development, Dr Martin Hanton. “We hope to take the same students over two or three summers as they go through the University’s Academy programme. This will give them the chance to fully develop their capabilities and skills in a real-world environment. The benefit of developing such a relationship is that, if they were to join us at the end of their studies, we know their strengths and they know our processes so they are likely to be effective and motivated employees.”
Strathclyde University’s Engineering Academy is a pioneering initiative that offers an alternative route into university and employment. The first year of the Academy programme is an enhanced HNC programme which offers direct transfer into the second year of one of Strathclyde’s engineering degrees.
The type of support and summer placements that NEL will be providing are a key part of the Academy’s programme, which is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, partner colleges and the engineering industry.
“We are developing our strategic links with Strathclyde. It is one of our local universities and has a strong focus on engineering,” says Martin. “Supporting the Academy is just one way in which we are looking at collaborating with the University. The link with the Academy also aligns with our aim of training and inspiring young people and in building a strong engineering base for UK research and industry. In this sense, it is complementary to our on-going apprenticeship programme.”
For more details, contact Dr Martin Hanton.