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Minister unveils pioneering new route for apprentices to gain a university degree The AMRC has unveiled a pioneering new education route that enables successful apprentices to study advanced vocational university degrees, as part of their apprenticeship training. The University of Sheffield will become one of the first in higher education to offer quality advanced manufacturing Foundation, Undergraduate and Masters degrees using the apprenticeship model. Successful apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their studies up to Masters level. The news was announced by Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, during a visit to the AMRC. Mr Johnson highlighted the key role the degree level apprenticeships will have in supporting innovation and boosting productivity. The new educational pathway will be developed thanks to a £1.6 million HEFCE funding award. The award will give groups under-represented in higher education access to world class university education in an internationally leading translational research context, with simultaneous work-based training to create the next generation of engineers. Jo Johnson said: “The new degree-level apprenticeship will provide a way for students to take their capabilities to advanced levels, and not only means brighter prospects for them, but provides a stronger talent pool for businesses.” The traditional route to becoming an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer is through GCSEs, A-levels, an

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academic BEng or MEng degree at university and then employment. The new route will feature an innovative curriculum in advanced manufacturing to recognise the skills, experiences and particular learning styles of the apprentices, while meeting the needs of employers. University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “Universities have a key role to play in driving innovation, economic growth and creating jobs. “I am delighted that Sheffield has worked closely with HEFCE and industry partners to respond to this challenge to develop the very highest quality apprenticeships. It also complements our significant investment in engineering teaching, including a state of the art £81 million engineering building on our main campus offering truly exceptional facilities for this vital area of teaching.” AMRC executive dean, Professor Keith Ridgway, CBE said: “The new pathway will be delivered with a curriculum which will provide academic rigour alongside practical skills and high quality employer-led training that is designed to meet business needs and create the

professional, creative engineers of tomorrow. “The innovative new model of workbased learning is expected to attract different groups of students than traditional academic models, increasing diversity within cohorts and ultimately within the profession itself.” Professor Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of HEFCE added: “Technical education is part of the ladder of opportunity that needs to lead into higher education to ensure the country uses all its talents inclusively and that prosperity is spread. “HEFCE is pleased to support the Sheffield project from our Catalyst Fund, addressing as it does our priorities to support the Productivity Plan, including links with Catapults, technical education and anchor role of universities.”

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The Quarterly Journal is the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing's magazine. It features all of the latest development...

The AMRC with Boeing Quarterly Journal  

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