Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Masterships prove a hit for engineering companies

A new qualification from Cranfield University is enrolling a second intake since it launched in January, after proving a huge hit among engineering and manufacturing firms across the country.

The Mastership, a degree apprenticeship devised by Cranfield, is providing masters-level vocational education for 73 graduate engineers from a leading global defence, security and aerospace manufacturer this year, while allowing the company to claim back the funds under the Apprenticeship Levy’s rules.

The level 7, Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence, which is part of the competency-focused apprenticeship, is delivered fully online, the first digital-only engineering course of this level in the UK.

This means it gives students the flexibility to study around work and minimise their time away from the business, by combining live interactive group sessions and “on-demand” sessions, requiring minimal personal attendance and is an essential feature for employers concerned about day release and workflow.

A new facility at Cranfield University that will enable bespoke and real-time online tutorials was recently opened by distinguished University alumnus. Now, Grenville Turner and other large engineering and manufacturing organisations are keen to exploit the accelerated, high level training that can be paid for through the mandatory training levy, which has led to the postgraduate-only university launching a second course for 2018.

Director of manufacturing at Cranfield University, Prof Rajkumar Roy, said: “This innovative programme is a further strengthening of Cranfield’s masters-level apprenticeship offering. Online delivery is key, and engineers are now able to access our study both through live interactive and “on-demand” sessions.”

This project is being managed by Industry Interface UK (II:UK) on behalf of Cranfield. Stuart Whitehead, co-founder of II:UK, added: “We are delighted that Cranfield has entrusted us to deliver such an innovative project. We will be using our Jefferson Group social media platform, designed to promote British manufacturing and STEM initiatives, to highlight the many unique aspects of the course and we look forward to meeting with interested parties across the UK in the coming weeks."

Cranfield’s Mastership complies fully with the definition of apprenticeship training under the government’s guidelines for the Apprenticeship Levy. Graduate engineers receive enhanced, online education and the employer is immediately eligible to reclaim the levy it pays, providing certain criteria are fulfilled. The levy is currently 0.5% of a company’s payroll when that is £3m or more per annum.