Hereford Times Talking Point – January 2015

Hereford Times Talking Point – January 2015

With the New Year comes this plea from the team behind Herefordshire’s pioneering new university: “Please work with us to ensure our graduate engineers hit the ground running!”

We aim to develop a new generation of highly skilled, emotionally intelligent, innovative, flexible, employment-ready individuals fit to tackle the problems and opportunities of our age. We’re asking companies who may want to employ them to make Herefordshire’s new university their business.

Collaborate with us to create a seismic change in the way Engineering and Technology are taught at degree level.

Help us provide work-ready graduates, skilled in the engineering and technology subjects that feed directly into Herefordshire’s key economic sectors: data and defense, agri-technology, specialist manufacturing, and green and renewable technologies – critical not just to the county but also nationally and globally.

Work alongside us to develop a dynamic, hands-on learning environment, based on solving real world problems through the application of emerging technologies.

We already have a number of key local businesses ‘on board’ and we’re talking to ‘blue chips’ like GSK, BP, Worcester Bosch, HSBC, Rolls Royce and Cisco. All agree that it’s getting harder to recruit rounded, employable engineering and technology graduates because of the ever-widening gap between university teaching and employer requirements.

So, we’d like to talk with you about how to close that gap – and we want you to tell us what employability skills you value – for example problem solving abilities; collaboration skills; innovative and creative thinking and communication skills. Your input into the curriculum is integral to the success of the new university. We will listen carefully to you to ensure that each of our students can make a valuable contribution to businesses like yours from the outset. This is the time to join with us! If you’re interested, please contact us at

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