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Industry day highlights university links with business

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16 May 2013

The growing number of opportunities for industry to tap into the expertise available within higher education came under the spotlight at Glyndŵr University.

The university hosted an industry day at its Centre for the Creative Industries as part of a week-long conference focused on the aeronautical industry.

Representatives from the Welsh Government, Wrexham Council, Flintshire Council and the legal and manufacturing industries were present at the event.

CADARN Skills Centre (CSC), a partnership between Glyndŵr University, the Universities of Bangor, Aberystwyth and the Open University in Wales, organised the event as part of its attempts to bridge the skills gap between academia and industry.

As well as hearing from Glyndŵr University engineering Professors Richard Day and Alison McMillan, attendees got to hear about opportunities available to businesses through higher apprenticeships.

Higher apprenticeships train young people to degree level and provide businesses with highly-skilled employees.

Kim Dimmick, business development and industrial partnerships manager at Glyndŵr University, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many representatives from industry to the university.

“There are numerous ways that businesses can benefit from the expertise within universities, and vice-versa, and our aim from events such as this is to make the relationships between academia and industry as strong as possible.

“Through close collaboration with industry we can continually improve the content of our courses to make them industry-led; in turn, employers stand to benefit from having highly-educated, industry-focused graduates who are ready to hit the ground running when they leave the university.”

If you’re a business wishing to learn more about the benefits of working with universities, contact the CADARN team at Glyndŵr University on 01978 290666.

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