Having already worked with alongside Newcastle College for over 40 years, the two organisations began to discuss the key elements that would shape the course. In order to meet demand and address skills gaps, it was clear that there was a requirement for a Foundation Degree specific to the subsea industry.
It was important that the course was developed with education and industry experts and therefore members of staff from Bel Valves were given the opportunity to contribute towards the curriculum structure. In doing so, this ensured that both parties would be able to maximise the quality and effectiveness of the course from day one.
Following successful discussions, a Foundation Degree in Subsea Engineering was created and made available to not only Bel Valves and businesses within the sector but to those individuals that had identified a career in the subsea industry.
Bel Valves continue to place members of staff through the Foundation Degree, combining their work with additional study. They also have access to a talent pool of Newcastle College students to meet the requirements of their business, often recruiting students on placement schemes to meet project demands.
Bel Valves and Newcastle College continue to work in partnership to ensure that future talent within the subsea sector is secured for years to come.