Trailblazing students are off to a fast start in their new careers thanks to an innovative partnership between industry and further education.
A five-year training programme sponsored by Ineos in partnership with Forth Valley College and Heriot-Watt University, Engineers of the Future was the first initiative of its kind in Scotland when it began in 2008.
Now it has just seen its first trio of graduates, including Grangemouth’s Jennifer Prentice who is about to start working in an operations role at Ineos.
“I am so happy to have graduated,” said Jennifer. “It’s such a relief to have finished my degree and to have a little time off before starting my career with Ineos. Graduation at Heriot-Watt was a really nice day and I enjoyed seeing everyone from my course.
“The lecturers were all very happy we had done so well.”
Combining practical skills, work experience and academic study to Masters Degree level, the award-winning course produces ‘work ready’ graduates.
Gordon Grant, director of Ineos Grangemouth, said: “The Engineers of the Future programme was introduced to produce work ready graduates on day one. The quality of the three graduates completing the course this year shows clearly this has been fully achieved.
“This first cohort of graduates from the course has set the bar very high and we are delighted to welcome them into full-time employment with Ineos at Grangemouth.”
Linda McKay, Forth Valley College principal, said: “Congratulations go to Jennifer and the other graduates. Everyone at Forth Valley College is very proud of their academic achievements.
“We are also extremely proud of the Engineers of the Future training model and its integrated approach to learning. We believe this is the way forward for skills development.”