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Hinkley Point C and University of Exeter offer new apprenticeship degree to help beat construction skills shortage.

A new part-time civil engineering degree apprenticeship will be delivered by Laing O’Rourke, in conjunction with partners on Hinkley Point C, collaborating with the University of Exeter. The University of Exeter will be the first Russell Group university to offer a degree of this type.

The project offers participants five years of study to obtain a degree, while gaining valuable experience through a combination of of on-campus residential, blended learning and experience specifically linked to one of the country’s most important infrastructure projects- Hinkley Point C.

Dr Khurram Wadee, Project Lead and a lecturer in Senior Engineering at the University of Exeter said: “The University of Exeter is well known for providing excellent education and training for undergraduates from across the spectrum of engineering disciplines. We have now teamed up with Laing O’Rourke to offer a Degree Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering Site Management, which is a new form of programme, focused on providing engineering employees the chance to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from a top UK institution. We are excited to be able to work closely with industry to offer a degree which will enable students to combine working on real civil engineering projects with a first-rate learning experience at Exeter.”

To begin the project in 2017, 25 students will be split across the delivery partners, earning a salary through their studies, with their tuition fees payed for by the company they are working with.

Source – UK Construction Online

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