University of East London (UEL) has launched a new apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with civil engineering firms.
Laing O’Rourke, Aecom and Atkins are among employers behind the new degree apprenticeship scheme at the university.
UEL is to offer 200 degree apprenticeship places on four courses this September. Students can choose from Digital and Technology Solutions, Civil Engineering Site Management, Construction Site Management and Construction Design Management.
Students on the course will undertake their apprenticeships through a day-release scheme.
Co-founder of Synaps Partners and former chairman of the London Regional Council of the CBI Ian Reeves welcomed the degree apprenticeships as filling a gap in the education system with a return to more practical skills.
“I have to say as chairman of one of the largest consulting engineers in this country, some of the best engineers – the most practical, innovative engineers in the firm – didn’t come from university. They came from the Higher National route, and got their chartered status and worked very hard often in day release,” he said.
“The degree apprenticeships will play a major role in providing thousands of jobs – not least in the forthcoming £1bn Asian Business Port development adjacent to UEL’s Docklands campus,” added Hassan Abdulla, dean of UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering.