The Open University has awarded its first Foundation Degree (FD) in Materials Fabrication and Engineering to Adrian Noble, a Senior Welding Inspector for Isleburn Ltd.
Adrian started his career in 1998 as a welding apprentice, and through an ambitious professional development plan, moved into a welding inspector role in 2005, becoming an Engineering Technician with The Welding Institute (TWI) in 2007. Adrian studied for the TWI Diploma in Welding Technology and then built on the diploma with the required Open University courses and work-based modules to gain the FD.
Adrian said: "This is a significant step forward for me to progress my career, as it opens the way to the next level of professional membership with The Welding Institute and to acquiring the European and International Welding Engineer diplomas."
The foundation degree was created to develop a pathway for those without a Bachelor’s Degree to meet the access conditions for the International Welding Engineer diploma course. In addition, the FD demonstrates a proactive response to the predicted increase in demand for up-skilling of welding professionals in the UK, as highlighted in a recent report published by the Royal Academy of Engineers.
The Open University has made achieving the degree more accessible by awarding credits for previous study and courses completed through TWI. Holders of a TWI Diploma can gain 60 credits in Stage One and a further 30 at Stage Two, adding towards the Foundation Degree’s required total of 240 credits.
The degree is industry relevant, and teaches up-to-date skills that can be deployed in the workplace immediately, offering greater efficiency and an immediate return on investment. In addition to teaching the specific welding skillset, the degree also integrates mathematics and problem solving with health and safety and project management to provide a well-rounded experience that is delivered through the OU’s trademark flexible learning.
To learn more about the degree, please visit the OU’s website at: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/qualification/x12.htm
To read the report published by the Royal Academy of Engineers, please visit: http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/publications/list/reports/Jobs_and_Growth.pdf
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