Unipart and Coventry set up the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) to link industry and academia to create the UK’s first “faculty on the factory floor”.
It aims to produce more “rounded engineers”, according to director Carl Perrin who said: “Our ambition was to change the focus of learning to real life experience of shopfloor projects and access to the latest technology.
“It’s a success that augurs well for 2018 and beyond.”
The first graduates will go on to jobs in the automotive, motorsport and metals sectors or further research.
AME also has a team of technology specialists developing new powertrain and energy transfer solutions for transport and the renewables industry.