Hinkley Point C delivery firms are working with the University of Exeter to offer an apprenticeship degree in civil engineering, the first to be offered by a Russell Group university.
Lead by Laing O’Rourke, firms including EDF and Laing O’Rourke’s Bylor joint venture partner Bouygues Construction have teamed up with the University of Exeter to deliver a five-year, part-time civil engineering apprenticeship degree starting this autumn. At the end of the course, students will graduate with a degree from Exeter as well as practical, onsite experience.
During the BEng Civil Engineering Site Management degree, an initial intake of 25 students will work with firms at Hinkley Point C to gain onsite experience, as well as on-campus study. Tuition fees will be paid for by the company students are assigned to, and students will earn a salary during their degree.
“Hinkley Point C will be a hugely innovative and cutting edge project for all partners. A project of this stature provides the perfect platform to help develop talent in a unique and exciting learning environment,” said Laing O’Rourke programme manager Katie McLean.
“We are delighted to be partnering with such a prestigious institution as the University of Exeter in this exciting endeavour.”
The collaboration with the University of Exeter is part of Laing O’Rourke’s strategy to ease the skills crisis by encouraging more Russell Group universities to offer part-time degree apprenticeships.