Engineering jobs in prospect at Falkirk college

One of the new engineering academies
One of the new engineering academies
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Forth Valley College is one of six Scottish colleges to team up with the University of Strathclyde to create a new engineering academy.

The partnership, which also includes Stow, City of Glasgow, West College Scotland, North Glasgow and Glasgow Clyde, will teach students the key practical and vocational skills required to increase their chances of getting a job in the industry.

And the new venture will see 80 extra students go on to study engineering at the University of Strathclyde every year.

Dean Williams, head of engineering at Forth Valley College, said: “We are looking forward to working with all the colleges and the University of Strathclyde as equal players in the Engineering Academy.

“Forth Valley College shares the same goal of providing a course that helps students become more employable in the mechanical engineering, chemical and electrical industries.

“Students on this course who attend Forth Valley College will complete an HNC qualification in the first year, but the entire course is bespoke and geared towards making sure students are industry-ready when they graduate.”

After their first successful year at college, students at the academy will progress to a guaranteed place on an undergraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde.

While they are there, aspiring engineers will benefit from industry-funded scholarships and paid summer placements.

And organisers hope the combination of academic achievement and practical experience will prove instantly attractive to employers.

Mr Williams added: “An excellent bonus for students on this course is that they can access facilities at both their chosen college and at Strathclyde from day one.

“This means they can use the libraries at both institutions and should help in terms of easing them into university life.

“The students will progress to Strathclyde as a group meaning they will not be isolated when joining the course.”

The academy, due to launch this month, will be run in conjunction with SEMTA, the body responsible for monitoring the engineering industry.

Limited places are still available via the University of Strathclyde.