08 Jan 2018

BAE Systems and Cranfield University partner for postgraduate engineering apprenticeship programme

BAE Systems have partnered with Cranfield University to boost Britain’s engineering skills through a new postgraduate engineering apprenticeship programme.

The programme will see the learners earn a valuable Masters-level qualification, with the first cohort of 76 engineers from BAE Systems will begin the academic element of their level 7 apprenticeship programme this week.

Students will undertake modules including design-driven innovation, operations management and cost engineering. Modules will be carried out alongside the graduate engineers’ day-to-day roles within the business.

Teaching will be delivered entirely online, through a combination of interactive video sessions with Cranfield’s academics and remote online learning platforms, to provide the graduate engineers with the flexibility to study and acquire a Masters-level qualification without taking time out from work. On successful completion, the apprentices will obtain a Post-Graduate Diploma in Engineering Competence – a key step towards reaching Chartered Engineering (CEng) accreditation.

Those interested in applying for an apprenticeship at BAE Systems this year can choose from approximately 650 apprenticeship training places, including 120 at post-graduate level, which are now open to applicants.

This supports BAE Systems’ contribution to the 2018 Year of Engineering, in which the company is joining forces with government and industry to give thousands of young people direct experience of engineering to help tackle the skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

Richard Hamer, Director of Education and Skills at BAE Systems, said: “We’re excited to be the trailblazer for this new qualification and we’re delighted that our graduate engineers are able to partner with such a prestigious institution as Cranfield.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to nurture talent and high-end skills, the postgraduate diploma in engineering competence will allow our graduate engineers to apply their learning in a work-based context, with the assessment focused on competency rather than academic ability.”

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