Lloyd Dynamowerke cooperates with Bremen University of Applied Sciences
The Dual Mode Degree Course in Mechatronics B Eng. aims to help fill an urgent requirement for qualified graduates at LDW in the long term
(PresseBox) (Bremen, )Lloyd Dynamowerke GmbH & Co. KG (LDW) has concluded a cooperation agreement with Bremen University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Bremen) that will ensure the company can access urgently needed qualified graduates in the future. The engineering company has a long tradition and celebrates its centenary in 2015. It is set to send young employees to the dual mode degree course by next year at the latest. These students will then combine their studies at the university with practical modules completed in the company.
The degree course has been offered since 2006 and is used by companies such as automotive supplier Hella as well as automation specialists Kuka Systems and Klöckner Desma to train their junior employees. However, this year’s course introduces a new feature whereby students are no longer required to combine it with an apprenticeship to become a skilled technician. “The advantage of this approach for companies is that employees can be placed in the departments straight away without having to pass through the heavily regulated apprenticeship process”, explains Degree Programme Director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Werner Philippsen. The course comprises seven semesters and graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Engineering at the end.
It is precisely this kind of flexibility that makes the Dual Mode Degree Course in Mechatronics interesting for LDW. “We play an active role in designing the course content”, explains HR developer Nora Neuhaus de Laurel. “This is a major positive for us because we have a great many specialised processes.” Participants could be trained during their studies, thus eliminating the need for extensive familiarisation after they graduate, she adds. By cooperating with the university, LDW is securing a steady stream of graduates for the future, she said.
Students also stand to gain as they are earning a wage from the outset. In return, they commit to working for the company for a specific number of years after graduation.
Bremen University of Applied Sciences sees the cooperation as a further step in its close ties with the region’s economy. The university already offers eight Dual Mode Degree Courses in which theory taught in the lecture theatre is combined with extensive practical assignments with companies. The Dual Mode Degree Course in Mechatronics B Eng. alone has already provided 40 highly-qualified graduates for the regional labour market. They will be joined by a further 15 Bachelors of Engineering this winter.
LDW is now accepting applications for the 2013 apprenticeship intake, and is seeking candidates for the roles of industrial clerk and technical product designer.