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Mon May 17 2021

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LOR links with Exeter Uni for degree apprenticeships

20 Jun 17 The University of Exeter has teamed up with Laing O’Rourke and other Hinkley Point C contractors to offer a part-time civil engineering degree apprenticeship.

The University of Exeter becomes the first Russell Group university to offer a degree of this type.

The BEng Civil Engineering Site Management degree will see students study over a five year period through a combination of on-campus residential, blended learning and real world projects. This approach offers participants the opportunity to obtain a degree while gaining experience linked to the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project.

Laing O’Rourke is collaborating with Hinkley Point C partners BYLOR and client EDF Energy, to deliver the degree programme.

John O’Connor, Laing O’Rourke Group commercial and human capital director, said: “Finding a solution to the skills gap in the UK construction industry is not only critical for the sector but also for the wider economy. Last year we released our skills report which set out a 10 point plan to help tackle the current crisis. Our collaboration with the University of Exeter directly addresses one of those points; to increase the availability of Russell Group university part-time degree apprenticeships. We strongly believe that partnerships like these will play a major role in attracting and nurturing the talent required in our sector moving forward.”

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The initial intake for 2017 will comprise 25 students split across the delivery partners. Each student will earn a salary throughout their studies and have their tuition fees paid by the company they are working with.

As this degree apprenticeship is separate from the standard UCAS application process, applicants can apply in addition to, and without affecting, their five UCAS choices.

To find out more about the apprenticeship click here.

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