Siemens teams up with Salford on new degree

Salford University and Siemens are launching a new BEng degree focusing on control and automation.

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Hosted at Salford’s campus, the honours degree will feature a range of academic models, combined with Siemens’ Approved ‘PLC Programmer Certification’. It will be available to both apprentices and anyone with an existing appropriate Level 5 engineering qualification.

“At Siemens we have long championed the role of apprentices and the importance of training new engineers and encouraging more into the UK industry,” said Jason Phin, apprentice scheme coordinator for Siemens UK and Ireland.

“As the impact of digitisation continues to shape the UK’s industrial future, it is crucial we have the skills to support it. For this reason, we wanted to ensure this degree was not just purely an academic solution we would endorse, but that it would offer the practical skills required by the engineers of tomorrow.”

According to Siemens, the one-year top-up degree is available as part of the Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship standard for control/technical support engineer, or as a stand-alone solution for engineers looking to upskill and achieve an academic qualification. Salford will take in the first batch of candidates in September 2017.

“The University has a strong reputation of working closely with industry, which is reflected in its strategy for developing Industrial Collaboration Zones,” said Professor Richard Stephenson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Salford.

“I’m delighted that we are collaborating with Siemens to offer a programme which will equip participants with industry-specific understanding to enhance their skill-set and further their career in engineering.”