The North Undergraduate Learning Program in Manufacturing and Engineering was launched in Derry.
The result of a partnership between the University of Ulster and the central Ulster-based Manufacturing & Engineering Growth & Advancement (MEGA) group, the course is designed to help create a pool of skilled talent to meet the needs of the workforce. industry today and in the future.
Funded by the Ministry of the Economy, the program presents an alternative to the traditional degree course, with apprentices employed from day one.
This means that participants incur no cost in their higher level studies and instead earn a salary.
“Industry 4.0” skills such as robotics, artificial intelligence and digitization will be among the key themes studied in the new curriculum offered by Magee’s School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems.
Maria Curran, Project Director at MEGA, said: “Our industry network is extremely proud to have played a pivotal role in the development of this new learning with the University of Ulster which is essential to ensure the success of our sectors. for the sake of the economy of Northern Ireland. “Without it, the industry will not be able to compete globally and jobs will be lost in the future when manufacturing is relocated elsewhere.
“With critical financial support from the Department of the Economy, this program is a chance for the industry to embrace the future of manufacturing and engineering and we are encouraging companies across Northern Ireland to apply to be part of this important step in adapting to the digital age.
Applications just opened for the 2022/23 course this week and will close on January 31, 2022.?
The program was launched on Friday by Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill.
She described the MEGA apprenticeship degree as revolutionary and potentially transformative for the manufacturing and engineering industry here.
“We are already a global player in these sectors and this program will undoubtedly help consolidate our position as a world leader,” she said.
“I am particularly pleased with the regional benefits this program will bring to Mid-Ulster and the North West. And I think this pioneering model will be a game-changer by providing access to free higher education. “
Course participant Conor Brattin is a robotics apprentice at Nugent Engineering in Co Tyrone.
“While working at Nugent Engineering in Dungannon, I started to learn robotic cell construction and automation and it’s really interesting. I can’t wait to see what the future holds and study at Magee’s School of Computer Science, Engineering and Intelligent Systems.
Another student, Sarah Millar from Ballygawley and St Ciaran’s College alumnus, Ballygawley said: “With learning the MEGA degree, I see this as a fantastic opportunity to invest in my future.
“I will be studying robotics and automation at the University of Ulster. These areas are the focus for years to come in this region and around the world, so it’s great to specialize in this area from the start of my career.
“I am thrilled to have the chance to get involved in innovation with MEGA, the University of Ulster and industry leaders who invest in young people like me. I am excited about what the future holds.