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With manufacturing predicting a requirement for 800,000 replacement employees alone by  2020 and with an urgent need articulated amongst business for employees with applied Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills whilst also being able to function  in cross disciplinary teams with entrepreneurial and creative insights enabling ‘mind to market’ approaches, Birmingham City University (BCU), IDEA Birmingham, is working with partners in industry to develop innovative ‘learn by doing’ work-based applied approach to skills development aimed at meeting these crucial business needs, in particular focusing on the automotive and aerospace sectors.

BCU IDEA Birmingham, Westfield Sports Cars, with the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN), are launching the National Engineering Academy (“NEA”) as an innovative, practice-led, industry-based Academy, with a priority focus on collaboration with colleges, engineering organisations and companies in the automotive and aerospace supply chains, to tackle widening STEM-skills gaps. Thus developing much needed applied skills based on live project -based work experience.

The NEA will equip the students with a broad range of technical and STEM discipline expertise and skills whilst also encouraging interdisciplinary learning, market-based understanding in terms of new product development and introduction, and commercial /entrepreneurial education through live projects.

The partner organisations will include educational institutions such as BCU, Aston University, University of Birmingham and regional colleges such as Walsall, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley, Halesowen and Wolverhampton, BMET, South & City and Bourneville College.

We request your support for this vital initiative by supporting our letter by filling the below form or by emailing your support to: .

If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to get in touch with Parmjit Chima on 0121 331 5443.