Work-based HE pathways for the electrical power engineering industry

Malcolm Booth, Nagi Fahmi, Steve Luke

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Aston University has been working closely with key companies from within the electricity industry for several years, initially in the development and delivery of an employer-led foundation degree programme in electrical power engineering, and more recently, in the development of a progression pathway for foundation degree graduates to achieve a Bachelors-level qualification. The Electrical Power Engineering foundation degree was developed in close consultation with the industry such that the programme is essentially owned by the sector. Programme delivery has required significant shifts away from traditional HE teaching patterns whilst maintaining the quality requirement and without compromise of the academic degree standard. Block teaching (2-week slots), partnership delivery, off-site student support and work-based learning have all presented challenges as we have sought to maximise the student learning experience and to ensure that the graduates are fit-for purpose and "hit the ground running" within a defined career structure for sponsoring companies. This paper will outline the skills challenges facing the sector; describe programme developments and delivery challenges; before articulating some observations and conclusions around programme effectiveness, impact of foundation degree graduates in the workplace and the significance of the close working relationship with key sponsoring companies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceedings for EE2012
Subtitle of host publicationinnovation, practice and research in engineering education
PublisherHigher Education Academy
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-907632-16-7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational conference on innovation, practice and research in Engineering Education - Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sept 201220 Sept 2012


ConferenceInternational conference on innovation, practice and research in Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleEE 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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