Firstly, Wrexham Glyndŵr University is working to boost skills, help companies attract, recruit and retain talented people through a Degree Apprenticeship Programme.
The University is offering six fully funded Degree Apprenticeship Programmes for employees of Welsh companies to access. The courses are Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Production Engineering, and Low Carbon Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability.
Laura Gough, Head of Enterprise at WGU, said; “We are very pleased to announce we are recruiting for our Degree Apprenticeship programmes so early into 2022 and have funding available to support learners.”
Christine Sheibani, HR Director at Comtek Network Systems (UK) Ltd, said; “The apprenticeships match job experience with the academic knowledge and support available at WGU.”
Lawyer of Notorious Serial Killer Joins WGU
Secondly, in a significant coup for the University, Dylan Rhys Jones joins WGU as the new senior Law lecturer.
In the mid-1990s, Dylan gained a high profile as the defence solicitor of Peter Moore, the manager of a cinema in Bagillt, Flintshire. Moreover, courts convicted Moore of murdering four men within as many months in a killing spree in which he mutilated his victims.
“In 2019, I wrote a book telling the story of when I worked as a criminal lawyer for serial killer Peter Moore. I’ve done a lot of radio and media work and also filmed some documentaries. I am looking forward to a new challenge with the Law Department at WGU.
“There are a growing number of people who combine university courses with work and family responsibilities. That creates an ideal opportunity for people to look at WGU as a viable option to study Law.
WGU Students Celebrate WorldSkills Triumph
Thirdly, WorldSkills organises the world championships of vocational skills, and the UK championships is the country’s largest competitive skills and careers event. The finals took place at the end of last year, at which WGU’s Paige Tynan took the gold medal in Forensic Science, with fellow student Jake Sumner winning silver in the Cyber Security category. Paige graduated from the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Foundation Year programme and is currently doing a PhD at WGU.
She said; “From being told at school I’d fail my science exams. To winning the gold medal in Forensic Science at the Worldskills UK final is just incomprehensible. I am really grateful to my Forensic Science lecturer who helped me prepare for this moment.”
Cyber Security student Jake said; “I’m incredibly grateful for all the support I’ve had during the competition. If it wasn’t for former lecturer Leanne Davies, I wouldn’t have even thought about entering the competition.