Siemens launches digital academy

Siemens has launched a digital academy to nurture fresh engineering and tech talent.

The manufacturing conglomerate, in partnership with Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield, has a launched the new undergraduate sponsorship programme, with the aim of nurturing the next generation of industry talent.

The Digital Academy pays selected students £3,000-a-year from the second year of university, as well as up to 12-weeks paid summer placement throughout the duration of their studies within a Siemens business. At the end of their degree, the students will be given the chance to join Siemens’ Graduate Scheme.

"The Digital Academy is another ground-breaking example of how Siemens and our higher education partners are working together to encourage young people to pursue careers in engineering and technology," said digital industries managing director Brian Holliday.

"By strengthening links between business and our world-leading universities, we can inspire and nurture talent to support the UK’s leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

Six students from electrical and electronic engineering and computer science departments have been selected to pilot the programme this summer. Nikhil Patel and Miles Moran from Newcastle University, Thomas Edwards from the University of Sheffield, Diana Crintea from the University of Southampton, Maryem Khan from the University of Loughborough and Ariana Escobar Chalen from the University of Manchester.