First graduates in innovative training course

An innovative higher education training scheme introduced in 2008 will see the first intake of students graduate on Saturday (13th July).

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Full report: Students in Cumbria given unique training opportunity

The opportunity to graduate debt free and walk straight into a well-paid job is not something you hear very often.

However, this is the reality for students in Cumbria who signed up to the Technical Specialist Scheme.

It was set up in 2008 to allow youngsters to study for engineering degrees while working full-time.

It was designed to tackle the north-west's so called brain drain, and its first batch of degree students are about to graduate.

Sellafield, meanwhile, say they are doubling the number of students they are taking on.

Ryan Dollard reports:

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Graduation for first intake of pioneering training scheme

An innovative higher education training scheme introduced in 2008 will see the first intake of students graduate on Saturday (13th July).

The scheme, developed by Gen2Training, allows people to study a university degree whilst earning money by working for local companies.

Students will leave the course having secured a BEng Honours degree in Plant Engineering as well as having gained hands-on experience working with either Sellafield or TATA Steel Projects.

The CEO of Gen2Training, Mike Smith, explains more about the course:

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