University training trailblazing Rolls-Royce project managers

University training trailblazing Rolls-Royce project managers

One of the world’s leading industrial technology companies is working with Cumbria’s university to train project managers of the future.

The University of Cumbria has signed an agreement to provide level 6 project manager degree apprenticeships to Rolls-Royce  apprentices.

The degree apprenticeship was developed by a national trailblazer group involving both organisations and other major employers along with training providers from a variety of industries.

Apprentices from Rolls-Royce are amongst the first in the country to begin the programme with training for the first cohort already underway.

The news marks the latest in a series of ties with private, public and third sector businesses and employers created by the University of Cumbria. The work has seen a significant increase in capability and resulted in a thriving relationship with nuclear and other industries in recent years.

Project management in particular has been strongly supported by the university through the development of the ‘Project Academy for Sellafield’ which sees the university work closely with Sellafield Ltd and its supply chain.

University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor Prof Julie Mennell said: “The university has a growing national reputation for providing top quality training in project management.”

“The opportunity for us to work with such a high profile and world renowned company is further evidence of this.”

She added: “Our ability to provide bespoke training for industries is vital to the Cumbrian economy and through partnerships of kind we can bring real benefits to the region. We encourage Cumbria’s employers to come and talk to us”

Rolls-Royce Apprentice Development Manager David Campbell said: “Rolls-Royce is delighted to be working with the University of Cumbria to offer project manager degree apprenticeships.  We have been championing apprenticeships for over 100 years and this course will be a valued addition in providing talent for Rolls-Royce.”