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Siemens launches Salford engineering degree

Tuesday 21 February 2017

A BACHELOR of Engineering (BEng) degree has been unveiled by Siemens and the University of Salford to help address the engineering skills shortage affecting UK industry.

The new Honours degree  - BEng Control & Automation - will be available at the University of Salford and combines a number of academic modules, together with Siemens’ Approved ‘PLC Programmer Certification’. It is available to both apprentices and anyone with an existing appropriate level 5 engineering qualification and experience.

Siemens, founded in the 1850s, has an annual revenue of 80bn Euros and employs 351,000 people worldwide.

Jason Phin, Apprentice Scheme Coordinator for Siemens UK and Ireland, said: “At Siemens we have long championed the role of apprentices and the importance of training new engineers and encouraging more into the UK industry.  The development of this degree represents a truly unique collaboration between further education, higher education and industry.”  

Professor Richard Stephenson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Salford, said: “The University has a strong reputation of working closely with industry, which is reflected in its strategy for developing Industry Collaboration Zones. I’m delighted that we are collaborating with Siemens to offer a programme which will equip participants with industry-specific understanding to enhance their skill-set and further their career in engineering.”


The year-long top-up degree is available as part of the Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship standard for control / technical support engineer, or as a stand-alone solution for engineers looking to upskill and achieve an academic qualification.

“As the impact of digitisation continues to shape the UK’s industrial future, it is crucial we have the skills to support it. For this reason, we wanted to ensure this degree was not just purely an academic solution we would endorse, but that it would offer the practical skills required by the engineers of tomorrow.” Jason concludes.

The degree, which has been created according to requirements of UK-SPEC, will enroll its first cohort in September 2017.

Last year, Siemens joined forces with the University of Salford and Trafford College to develop education and training programmes for school leavers to degree level. Degree Apprenticeships, which are part government-funded, allow people to study while working and achieve higher qualifications without accruing large student debts.

Engineers in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering who are developing the programmes include Dr Nigel Blackie, and Dr Steve Hill.