Sheffield Hallam University has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award for its innovative approach to engaging with regional and national engineering employers.
The University has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative category for the work of its ‘Engineering Hub,’ which works with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Kimberly-Clark and Severn Trent Water to offer their employees the chance to study while they work.
Head of engineering and mathematics, Martin Howarth, said: “We identified the need for greater flexibility in both course content and delivery in order to meet the needs of both employers and their staff.
“Our flexible approach means employers can choose how and when their staff access learning, as well as contribute to the course content.
“This ensures we are providing consistent, relevant education and making a key contribution to the development of engineers in the UK.”
Rolls-Royce has worked with the University to help young engineers develop their knowledge and skills. Chris Keane, from Rolls-Royce’s UK apprentice development team, said: “The foundation degree has provided an excellent framework in which to develop Rolls-Royce’s engineers of the future. The students are able to develop their knowledge and qualifications quickly, whilst continuing to contribute to the company.”