Siemens puts its money where its mouth is with Digital Academy pilot launch
17 Sep 2019
Six undergraduates have won £3,000 annual sponsorship and the chance of a three months paid placement as the first entrants on the new Siemens Digital Academy scheme.
Launched by the technology giant in partnership with the universities of Sheffield and Newcastle, the pilot sponsorship programme is designed to nurture the next generation of engineers.
Nikhil Patel and Miles Moran from Newcastle University, Thomas Edwards from the University of Sheffield, Diana Crintea from the University of Southampton, Maryem Khan from the University of Loughborough and Ariana Escobar Chalen from the University of Manchester were introduced at a launch event at Siemens Digital Factory in Congleton.
MD of Siemens digital industries Brian Holliday said: “The Digital Academy is another ground-breaking example of how Siemens and our higher education partners are working together to encourage young people to pursue careers in engineering and technology.
“This programme gives undergraduates applied and up-to-date experience to bolster their academic learning. By strengthening links between business and our world-leading universities, we can inspire and nurture talent to support the UK’s leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution."
The first intake was handpicked from the part of the inaugural two-day Sir William Siemens Challenge event Mindsphere Live, hosted by the University of Sheffield involving 84 promising engineering students from partner universities.
Strengthening links between business and our world-leading universities, we can nurture talent to support the UK’s leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Brian Holliday, MD, Siemens digital industries
Commenting on the opportunity the Siemens award offered, winner Nikhil Patel remarked:
“Being part of the Digital Academy gives me an insight into how Siemens operates as a business and it also provides me with the means to be able to make a difference. It gives me the opportunity to develop my technical and transferable skills whilst working on real, cutting-edge projects.”
Applications for the next Digital Academy cohort are now being accepted. For more information on how to apply visit www.siemens.co.uk/digitalacademy