James Dyson to plug UK’s engineering skills gap with new university

Dyson Institute of Technology will offer UK’s businesses increased access to skilled engineers and help them take on international tech rivals

Billionaire inventor James Dyson is to plough £15m into a new university over the next five years in an attempt to bridge the UK’s engineering skills gap.

Dyson hopes The Dyson Institute of Technology will address the dearth of engineers in the UK and help small businesses grow and compete with technology rivals in Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore, by boosting their access to skilled graduates.

Based at Dyson’s campus in Wiltshire, the university will accept its first cohort of 25 students in September 2017, who will each receive a salary for the four-year programme.

As well as learning the fundamentals of engineering, students will develop new products alongside Dyson’s current engineering team and spend time in the company’s technology and design centres in Singapore and Malaysia.

Initially awarded by Warwick University, Dyson will apply to the Department of Education to enable The Dyson Institute of Technology to gain university status.

Dyson commented: “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. We are taking matters into our own hands. The new degree course offers academic theory, a real-world job and salary, and access to experts in their field.

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said:

“Our reforms in the higher education and research bill, currently making its way through parliament, will ensure students can choose from a wider range of high-quality specialist institutions that can seek their own degree-awarding powers and meet students’ diverse needs; providing employers with the skilled graduates that will drive future productivity and the economic prosperity of our country.”

Find out more about the Dyson Institute of Technology here.

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