Recently, the proposed ‘WMG Academy for Young Engineers at the University of Warwick’ became a new University Technical College project, approved under the government’s academies programme. This gives the go-ahead for a new state-of-the-art school close by the University of Warwick campus to cater for 640 students aged 14-19 from the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull areas.
This will provide young people, with an interest in engineering, a better way of learning and realising their ambitions. It will deliver a richer array of educational and employment opportunities to them, and to the local economy.
The plan is to create an educational experience more relevant to young people’s lives, the way they learn and to the world in which they will have to make their living in.
The new school will deliver the national curriculum, but adopt a unique approach to this task, focussing on a range of engineering-based disciplines. Following a unique programme of study designed with input and expertise from major employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid and SCC, as well as smaller businesses such as King Automotive Systems and Automotive Insulations, pupils will take a problem-solving, practical approach to learning, approaching key subject areas through their application to real-world problems.
“Sustaining our manufacturing excellence will determine whether or not the UK can compete in the global market place, over the next 50 years and beyond” said Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman, WMG.”To stay ahead of our competitors, we need to create jobs that put more value back in engineering and manufacturing. Some of the best companies and supply chains in our area desperately need new talent and skills to help them grow. That is why the WMG Academy for Young Engineers at the University of Warwick is so important.
It will reach a younger generation, engaging them in an innovative new learning environment and exciting them from cradle to grave about the opportunities in engineering and the creation of the high value products of tomorrow,”
Backed by over 40 local institutions including The University of Warwick, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, SCC, King Automotive Systems, Automotive Insulation and around 40 other businesses, schools and business organisations including the Motorsport Industry Association, the WMG Academy for Young Engineers will offer places to 640 students aged 14-19 from the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull areas and will begin teaching in September 2014.
A company, responsible for developing and running the school, has already been created. Members include WMG, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium and EEF. There will be a Board of governors which will include Jaguar Land Rover, other businesses and other key stakeholders
Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Dr Ralf Speth added: "The growth of Jaguar Land Rover can only be sustained if we and our suppliers can find the right people with the right skills. The WMG Academy for Young Engineers will be right on our doorstep, and is being led by WMG, which is already at the heart of our collaboration with universities on research and development and developing high level skills in our workforce.”
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