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Dyson will pay students while they study for BEng degree

21 November, 2016

Sir James Dyson is investing £15m to set up a Dyson Institute of Technology in Wiltshire, which will train engineers to help double his engineering workforce to 6,000 by 2020. He has joined forces with the Warwick Manufacturing Group, at the University of Warwick, to develop a bespoke four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree. Students will spend part of their time working alongside Dyson engineers and will be paid. They will not pany any tuition fees.

The first 25 students will start in September 2017. In the first two years, they will cover the fundamentals of engineering. In years three and four, they will focus more specific electronics and mechanical content.

“The UK’s skills shortage is holding Dyson back as we look to increase the amount of technology we develop and export from the UK,” says Sir James. “We are taking matters into our own hands.

Dyson: taking matters into his own hands

“The new degree course offers academic theory, a real-world job and salary, and access to experts in their field,” he adds. “I know there are many people out there who are as obsessive about engineering as I am – questioning every aspect of a product, how it works, and how it can be better. Therefore, why not get stuck into an engineering job straight from school?”

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