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Apply now for a fully sponsored degree with Gen2. Successful applicants are guaranteed immediate employment with leading UK engineering companies across Cumbria.

Apply now for a paid degree and immediate employment with leading UK engineering companies through the Gen2 Advanced Learning Scheme. Enjoy no tuition fees, a sponsored degree and paid employment with leading national engineering companies like Sellafield Ltd, Amec Foster Wheeler, Jacobs and Morgan Sindall. Our higher education courses are delivered in Cumbria by Gen2 and are fully validated so that you can achieve nationally recognised degrees from the University of Manchester, the University of Central Lancashire or the University of Cumbria.

To be eligible to apply for the Gen2 Degree Apprenticeship / TSTS Scheme, candidates must have at least 240 UCAS points.

Why Gen2?

  • Industry-Driven Degree Qualifications
  • No Tuition Fees for Students
  • Immediate Employment with Leading National Companies
  • 9 Years’ Experience in the Delivery of Engineering Degrees and Advanced Learning
  • Competitive Salaries
  • Success Rates Higher than National Average
  • World Class Facilities
  • Flexible Learning
  • Industry-experienced lecturers
  • Progression Routes from Level 4 – Level 7
  • Professional Engineering Body Accreditations
  • University Accreditation for all Degrees delivered by Gen2

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Gen2 have over 9 years’ experience in the delivery of higher education courses for the engineering sector, both for Nuclear Degrees and general Engineering Degrees with the Gen2 Advanced Learning Scheme. The Gen2 Degree Apprenticeship (formally the Technical Specialist Trainee Scheme) allows students to combine real, hands-on work experience in paid employment with advanced-level Higher Education theory to give them the best opportunity of moving into a Technical Specialist role in the engineering or nuclear sector either in Cumbria or nationally.

Gen2 offer world-class facilities and state of the art technology to enable students to complete their studies. We work in collaboration with various academic partners to deliver a wide range of higher education programmes including HNDs and degrees throughout Cumbria in Carlisle, Workington, and Furness.

Courses are built in close collaboration with our academic partner Universities and sponsoring engineering organisations. This means students graduating from Gen2 have the best chance of employment, as the modules being taught are specially built to fill the skills gap that engineering sector businesses have across the UK.

In addition to undergraduates, Gen2 also offer flexible learning schedules for postgraduates looking to top-up their degrees in engineering. This is very useful for postgraduates in employment who wish to further their education and learning, whilst still in full-time employment.

If you would like some advice about advanced learning including postgraduate programmes and engineering degrees in Cumbria then please take a look through our course search or contact us. Our HR team will be more than happy to help you to find the best higher education path for you.

Higher Education – You really do have Options

Gen2 work in partnership with various academic partners to offer a range of higher education programmes that aim to promote advanced learning in engineering and technology, including Higher National Certificates, Postgraduate programmes and engineering degrees in Carlisle and throughout the Cumbrian county. Our advanced learning programmes can offer you a continuous progression route from HNC to Foundation Degrees to BEng (Hons) Degrees and beyond.

Our advanced learning courses span Level 4 to Level 7 of the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) which includes:

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 4
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) Level 5
  • Foundation Degrees in Engineering (FD(Eng)) Level 5
  • BEng(Hons) Degrees in Engineering Level 6
  • Postgraduate Modules Level 7


So whether you currently have level 3 qualifications and just want to improve your knowledge and gain a qualification to prove it, you are looking for engineering degrees that will really make you stand out in the competitive job market, or you already have a degree and want to push on even further, then at Gen2 we should have an advanced learning course that will suit you.

Our Engineering Degrees in Carlisle, Workington and Throughout Cumbria

At Gen2 we have learning centres throughout Cumbria and with all of our programmes being delivered on a flexible part-time day, or block-release basis to suit the needs of your employer, we offer a flexibility that means our learners are able to study and work at the same time.

To make sure that our advanced learning programmes meet the vocational requirements of the wider engineering sector, they are accredited by various professional bodies including the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) and the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE). This means that on completion, you can register as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) as defined by the Engineering Council (ECUK).

Degree Apprenticeships for the Nuclear Sector

Our Degree Apprenticeship / TSTS Scheme is a 40-month course that leads to a nationally respected Foundation Degree in Plant Engineering. After a four-month bridging course, you will move into full-time employment with your sponsor company, spending one day per week at our Energus centre in West Cumbria. Competition is high for this training and so you will need a minimum of 240 UCAS points at A2 Level. Leading names currently supporting this Gen2 degree include Sellafield Ltd, Amec Foster Wheeler, Morgan Sindall and Jacobs. This is a free course, your sponsoring company will not only pay your wage but will pay your fees as well. You will be employed by your sponsor and will earn over £3,200 in the first four months, rising thereafter.



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