To be successful as the next generation of industry leaders, as well as successful on the MSc course, the students will need to understand the impacts of engineering on people and the environment, including possible unintended consequences of a technology.
The industrial placements in Frimley, Hull and Newcastle offer graduates experience of all aspects of the sector, from Sales to Construction, Project Management to Environment, Health and Safety.
Many of the students will get to spend one of their placements in Hull itself – the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’. The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy recently recognised Hull as an exemplar region for growth and regeneration, by way of the clean energy generation sector that has grown around the area.
SGRE programme leader and Head of Engineering Rab McMillan says, “Over the past year SGRE has worked with Aura and the University of Hull to bring about our first Offshore Engineering Graduate Scheme awarding an MSc, in the UK. The motivation behind this is to bring a diverse group of people with demonstrable learning into a 3 year academic programme. This will take them to Masters’ level academically and potentially Chartered status, through a Monitored Professional Development Scheme. There were 700 applicants from very diverse backgrounds. The successful graduates reflect the open culture at SGRE. The intake and scheme has motivated the managers involved in selection to offer mentorship and guidance in professional development. We are also delighted that the scheme has had the added benefit of promoting Continuous Professional Development within the current workforce.”
Undergraduate Eishar Bassan said: “Siemens Gamesa have provided me with the wonderful opportunity to join their Engineering Graduate Scheme. This is a rare opportunity for graduates to develop skills and achieve a Postgraduate degree, alongside the rotational work placements in the different cities situated in the UK. I am extremely excited to begin my time with Siemens Gamesa.”
Haamid Adam, one of the initial intake said: “Directly working on cross functional projects whilst studying for an MSc in offshore wind is exactly where I want to be; fighting climate change and creating a circular, sustainable energy economy. And this should be the same for any ambitious young graduate who has their eye on the future of wind energy and wants a successful career within it.”
Praise for the course also comes from undergraduate Charles Wilson.
He said: “Siemens Gamesa have set a precedent in their collaboration with the University of Hull. I am greatly looking forward to furthering my career in the wind industry alongside SGRE with the help of the exceptionally relevant information and projects provided by the University. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to continue my studies while also working with SGRE.”