Hallam launches unique materials science technologist degree apprenticeship

23rd October 2020

Sheffield Hallam University has launched a new materials science technologist degree apprenticeship – the first of its kind in the UK.

The new programme, developed in partnership with industry leaders, will give prospective apprentices the chance to be at the forefront of developing new material innovations that can drive businesses forward, from metals and ceramics to glass and polymers.

They are suitable for people with relevant qualifications who are new to material engineering, or existing employees who want to learn new skills and gain advanced qualifications.

Andy Rawsthorne, engineering lead for apprenticeships at Sheffield Hallam, said: “It is fitting that we are launching this degree apprenticeship here in Sheffield which has a long and rich history linked to industrial materials, particularly steel.

“Through our world-leading research at the Material Engineering Research Institute (MERI), we have been addressing industrial problems through the application of fundamental science and engineering for 30 years.

“With access to the latest electron microscopes to high performance computing hardware, this degree apprenticeship will allow us to share our wealth of expertise with industry and help embed innovation and high-level skills into the workforce.”

Conor Moss, group director and dean of work-based learning at Sheffield Hallam, said: “Degree apprenticeships have a key role to play in levelling up the UK economy.

“This new programme will have a key role to play in reducing the skills gap in engineering in the UK – it is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to harness the vast academic expertise within the University’s Material Engineering Research Institute to drive future innovations.”

As one of the UK’s earliest adopters of degree apprenticeships in 2015, followed by the opening of the National Centre of Excellence for Degree Apprenticeships (NCEDA), Sheffield Hallam has been recognised as a pioneering hub for the innovation, design and delivery of degree apprenticeships.

They work by taking a work-based blended learning approach with modules delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face lectures, class-based and online seminars, practical work and site visits.

It comes as the University is also launching two newly re-validated degree apprenticeships in electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering.

The University delivers one of the widest ranging selection of degree apprenticeships, working with over 270 employers and deliver courses in sectors including construction, engineering, health and social care and cross sector in digital/IT, leadership and management.

There are 20 spaces available on each programme with university study incorporated on a day release basis.

On 5 November, the University is hosting a virtual event for employers interested in developing their business with our degree apprenticeships in engineering.

The apprenticeships are set to begin in January.

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