NMITE opens for business and launches search for 50 future engineers

Today, (1 December 2020), NMITE (New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering) announces that it is open for business and is inviting applications to fill 50 places in its Pioneer Cohort who will be the first graduates of NMITE’s Master’s Degree in Integrated Engineering in just over three years’ time. Successful applicants will have their academic fees and accommodation costs covered in full for their first year thanks to a host of Pioneer Funders who, with other partners, have together provided a valuable contribution and investment in NMITE’s future success. The news comes as the institution has received validation by The Open University (OU) which enables it to start student recruitment.

Commenting on the news, minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, MP, said: “This government is committed to providing graduates with opportunities to develop their skillsets and embark on successful careers, and I congratulate NMITE in launching an innovative model of high-level engineering education. This programme will not only provide valuable experience for graduates, but will help to boost growth in engineering, drive innovation and build the vital skills this country needs.” 

NMITE exists to address the UK’s shortage of work-ready graduate engineers and will focus on an integrated engineering programme to train and nurture learners ready to tackle global challenges  such as sustainable food production, access to safe water, and clean energy  which do not fall neatly into traditional mechanical, electrical or materials engineering boxes.  NMITE believes that engineering is an exciting and varied career path, its students will learn what an engineer does and how she or he can make life better and plans to develop graduates who will make a positive impact on quality of life, the environment and industry. 

To attract students from a variety of backgrounds and at differing life stages, NMITE will consider every application individually and irrespective of the path they have travelled to get where they are today. Engineers-in-training will experience NMITE’s “learning by doing” with regular real-life projects and no lectures or traditional exams and unlike other engineering institutions they will not be required to have a Maths or Physics A-level as these subjects will be taught within the curriculum NMITE explains that they are looking for entrepreneurial and socially-minded individuals who want to change the world for the better. As part of the admissions process, NMITE will be evaluating a person’s attitude, mindset and passion for engineering alongside their qualifications. 

NMITE has today also released more information about its buildings and interiors to match its new pedagogical model, provided detail on its MEng in Integrated Engineering and confirmed some of its industry partners and funders, including Avara Foods. 

Avara Foods is one of the UK’s largest food businesses with 7,000 people working across the country, managing an integrated supply chain that supplies leading UK retail and food service customers. Avara Foods is one of the Pioneer Funders, and will be sponsoring five of the Pioneer Cohorts, as well as providing placements, and projects to support the cohort. Avara is also a CPD Anchor partner working closely with NMITE on short courses and lifelong learning.

Andrew Brodie, Avara’s People & Communications director, comments: “For us, this is the start of a long-term relationship with NMITE. We are an integral part of the Hereford community and the largest private employer, providing jobs to over 2,000 people locally.  

“We are committed to investing in our sites in technology and automation, so we have the common goal with NMITE of encouraging more young people to move into careers in manufacturing.  NMITE offers the ideal combination of technical engineering in a modern educational style setting right here in Hereford, and this fits perfectly with our plans to invest in food manufacturing technology in our Hereford operation.”

For more information about NMITE, visit: www.nmite.ac.uk.

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