Doom-mongers warning of the demise of manufacturing in the UK could find yet more evidence of decline in a new course being set up at Brighton University.
A masters degree programme to be launched in September aims to recruit graduates straight off engineering courses – in a bid to transfer their skills into the conservation of the UK’s `old economy’ manufacturing heritage.
Other suitable candidates identified by the course organisers include workers at Rover facing redundancy, who could switch their engineering skills from the ailing car maker to the burgeoning heritage sector.
Course leader John Walter admitted that the new MSc could create a feeling that engineering graduates had been `groomed for something obsolete’ only to find that on graduating they can’t use the skills they have learned and are forced to move into heritage’.
`I don’t subscribe to that view,’ he said, adding that the course could help to open up a high-tech conservation market for British engineering companies.
`I don’t believe that Britain should be seen as a theme park,’ he added. `What we are not saying is “here’s an industry that’s about to die – oh good, that’s more heritage for us to play with”.’
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