The proposed new degree apprenticeship for materials science supported by an alliance of UK universities has received vital approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and could begin operation within 12 months.
Following approval of the occupational standard for the Materials Science Technologist programme, teaching could start in the next academic year beginning September 2019, said programme coordinator the Applied Materials Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Company (AMRICC),
Dr Chris Stevens of NGF Europe Limited who chairs the employer group backing the scheme explained: “The acceptance of this standard reflects both the effective voice of the group, and the dedicated effort of the AMRICC co-ordinators, which is much appreciated. Material science and engineering have a hugely significant role to play in the economy of the future.
“Ultimately, this apprenticeship will provide students with the skills, knowledge and competency to deliver tangible benefits to individual companies and play a part in supporting the UK economy overall with significant advances in productivity, quality, and environmental protection.”
Universities actively supporting the programme include Staffordshire University, the University of Birmingham, Queen Mary University of London, Sheffield Hallam University, Derby University, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Blackpool and The Fylde College, as well as IOM3.
This will provide students with the skills, knowledge and competency to deliver tangible benefits to individual companies and play a part in supporting the UK economy overall
Dr Chris Stevens, chair, employer group – Materials Science Technologist programme
Their efforts have been bolstered by the recruitment to the group of more than 50 UK companies employing around 40,000 staff nationwide and 150,000 globally, whose presence helped address the occupational standards requirements.
Employer group vice-chair James Smiith of Caterpillar added: “We are excited to see the programme take shape. It’s good news for prospective apprentices, academics and businesses in a wide range of sectors and industries across the UK.”
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