New course for engineering stars

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One of the UK’s top engineering faculties has launched a new scheme to tackle the leadership skills gap.

Sheffield University has created The Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy a two-year programme that aims to equip graduates to take on leadership roles.

Eighteen second-year students on Masters degrees in engineering at Sheffield have been chosen to be in the first SELA cohort. Applications were judged on educational achievement and attributes including technical skills, personal values and ambition, the ability to inspire others, flexibility, self-awareness, a willingness to improve and an ability to generate new ideas and put them into action.

SELA director, rof Neil Hopkinson, explains: “The shortage of engineers in the UK is acknowledged as a real threat to our economy – but to plug the skills gap we also need engineers to lead successful projects and organisations much earlier in their careers.

“SELA aims to address this shortfall by providing a carefully selected and highly motivated group of students with specific challenges and experience – and our first cohort is raring to go.”