Railway engineering degree apprenticeship

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The University of South Wales is now offering Rail Engineering degrees

The University of South Wales (USW) is offering what it says is the first railway engineering degree apprenticeships in Wales, a four-year course giving apprentices operating in the rail sector the opportunity to gain a university-accredited engineering degree.

Starting in January 2024, then annually from September next year, students will focus on either civil engineering and rail track development, such as permanent way infrastructure; or electro-mechanical systems and electronics, supporting electrification and rolling stock maintenance.

Louise Pennell, who is Associate Dean of Partnerships and Development in USW’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering, and Science, said the course has been developed to meet the specific requirements of the railway industry across Wales and the UK, as projects such as the South Wales Metro are developed to address the need for sustainable and reliable public transport systems.

“Over the past few years we have worked with a variety of rail industry partners, Industry Wales and the Welsh Government to address the need for a railway engineering education pathway in Wales, as previously there was no such qualification offered here,” Mrs Pennell said.

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