For a long time now, industry has been expressing concern about the employability of today’s UK engineering graduates.
We’ve spent the past three years gaining a better understanding of employers’ issues in order to inform the development of a New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) in Herefordshire.
Engineering employers told us things need to change; we listened and we will keep on listening. What’s more, we are doing something about it.
They said: the current university system educates single discipline-engineers for what is now an interdisciplinary world.
They said: engineering graduates are highly qualified on engineering content but unable to apply their qualifications in the workplace.
They said: traditional universities are not providing graduates with the skills and experience which would otherwise enable them to quickly add value as productive employees – abilities like project management, team-working and effective communication.
The curriculum we are developing for NMiTE sets out to address these shortcomings – it’s something that’s being “baked in” to our approach from the start. We intend to do things differently; to make a difference by delivering real world education to students and employment ready, world-class talent to industry.
We’re keen to continue to involve the businesses we have consulted and others like them. We’ll be asking them to provide real world problems to teach in the classroom; to offer placements for our interns and senior projects for our graduating students – and then, of course, we want them to be so impressed by our graduates, that they’ll hire them straight away!
We’re also asking employers to carry on guiding and advising us, both now, whilst we continue to develop our offer and in the future, once NMiTE opens its doors to students. Let it never be said, in our university, life changes but curriculums don’t!
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