Craig Tracey has urged local young people to consider applying for the opportunity to study at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME).
Part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the collaboration between Unipart Manufacturing Group and Coventry University brings together the best in academia, industry and R&D in a ‘live’ manufacturing environment.
AME can accommodate 30 new students every year and offers them the opportunity to work towards their BEng and MEng degrees by giving them access to cutting-edge technology, Unipart engineers and leading professors – all carried out on real world manufacturing projects.
They have also been involved in the institute’s impressive R&D facility, including working on developing new fuel rails for Ford and a lightweight exhaust system for a luxury vehicle manufacturer.
Craig Tracey MP, a member of the Business Innovation and Skill Committee, visited the institute at Coventry University, said: “This joint venture between Coventry University and Unipart not only offers a degree with practical experience, but a real local opportunity for employment and a career in an exciting sector.
“It is a really impressive facility for our region offering high-tech learning.”
Dr Carl Perrin, director of AME, said: “Manufacturing has a very real issue with the skills gap and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering offers an innovative blueprint that will deliver more industry-ready graduates.
“We have developed a very exciting course and are currently delivering live manufacturing learning to 60 students, with a further 30 set to join in the next cohort.
“When our students move into employment they will be a year ahead of their peers on traditional degree courses and ready to make an immediate positive impact to their employer.”
“The UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’ is definitely a model that could be reciprocated in other regions and specialising in other sectors – a possible solution for bridging the skills gap.”