A new partnership between London South Bank University (LSBU) and East Surrey College, combining studying and hands-on work will provide a group of highly trained and capable engineers to local employers.
For the first time this September, 14 apprentices will begin a three-year programme at East Surrey College studying towards a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering, later joining LSBU for two years to achieve a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Worldwide engineering specialists Thales have also joined the programme as the first employer, recruiting for apprentices to work in the Engineering Hub at Manor Royal in Crawley.
LSBU Dean of Engineering Professor David Mba said the partnership was an example of how LSBU was committed to providing greater access to higher education in the community. “As the No. 1 London Modern University for graduate prospects, we are always looking to ensure that our students will have the best possible chance to thrive in the workforce, and apprenticeships are a great way of achieving that,” he said.
“Our goal is to continue to work closely with employers and other community partners so that we can ensure our apprentices are trained to the best standards and can contribute meaningfully in their chosen careers.”
East Surrey College Business Development Manager Richard Brooks said the programme was beneficial for all involved.
Brooks added: “This is a great opportunity for apprentices to work for a world-leading organisation, and also for employers to be sure the next generation of engineers they are employing are learning in the best environment.”