The Personnel Today Awards will take place at Grosvenor House Hotel, London on November 16, 2021. We take a closer look at the finalists for the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category, each of whom addressed the challenges of the skills shortage with creative programs.
Amey Consulting in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University
Recognizing a growing skills shortage – the talent pool of professional engineers in the railway industry has shrunk in recent years – and the need for greater diversity in the industry, Amey Consulting has collaborated with the University Sheffield Hallam (SHU) to develop the UK’s first railway diploma. Apprenticeship, providing an accessible route in the rail industry for the next generation of consulting engineers. Amey offers a four-year degree learning program delivered via university study block modules coupled with real-world project experience in the field in a professional consulting environment. Successful completion of the apprenticeship leads to a BEng in Railway Engineering and IET accreditation. The introduction of this pioneering degree provides an entry-level opportunity for a wider range of people and for those for whom the traditional degree route is not always practical, resulting in a workforce. more diverse workforce trained in the specific skills needed to develop and maintain railways. in the future. Following a successful recruitment campaign, 35 people from a wide variety of backgrounds began their apprenticeship at Amey, combining real experience in carrying out major projects in Amey’s design offices and the academic basis provided by SHU. Amey’s partnership with SHU means he can ensure that the Rail Degree Learning Program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to make an immediate impact in the business. The learning program will result in the accelerated development of senior engineers and technical leaders of the future and ensure that the industry becomes more div