University of Nottingham: New pathway into engineering provided with announcement of university apprenticeships

The University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering and ONYX Insight have partnered to offer two Electro-mechanical Engineer Degree Apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship programme will provide both individuals with a prime opportunity to learn at the university over the course of five years, gaining a BEng (Hons) in Electro-mechanical Engineering. Based at ONYX Insight’s headquarters at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, the two candidates will get hands-on experience working in, and learning about, the industry.

ONYX Insight is a global renewables tech-business, providing leading predictive maintenance solutions, a combination of advanced sensing, data analytics and engineering insight for wind turbines.

Andy Nolan and Professor Sarah Speight
The incentive speaks to both the university and ONYX’s values, by developing new entry routes and providing a diverse mix of people who have the opportunity to succeed through a sector-leading approach.
Sarah Speight, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Experience
Sarah continued: “It will train people to solve real-world problems using a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering expertise and, in this case, tackle climate change.

“Our apprenticeship has been designed to deliver real-time benefits to employers. Throughout the programme, apprentices will develop their skills, knowledge, and behaviours by working on real engineering challenges in their workplace.”

The scheme isn’t the first time the university and ONYX have worked together to secure jobs for new talent, as several members of the team have previously graduated from the university.

Steve Mulholland, Vice President of Human Resources at ONYX, said: “The partnership with the university further strengthens our ties to Nottingham and our investment into the community. It’s great to be part of this pioneering program, that only started two years ago, where we have the potential to make an impact by enabling career opportunities to those individuals who don’t go down a traditional university route.”

In the wind industry, there is a massive opportunity for electro-mechanical engineers, and we are proud to be part of a community working to close the skills gap needed, and this scheme is just the start.
Steve Mulholland, Vice President of Human Resources at ONYX

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