In October, we welcomed Matthew Halladay, who joined us as an apprentice on a three-year degree in Low Carbon Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability. The degree is run by Wrexham University, and Matthew will be able to earn a BEng (Hons) whilst gaining hands-on experience of working within a renewable energy company. The scheme will also enable Matthew to gain a degree without debt, as there are no fees for those studying as part of the Degree Apprentice programme.
Matthew has A levels in sciences and, interestingly, initially embarked on a degree in Architecture and Engineering. However, partway into this degree, whilst studying the Passivhaus standard, he realised that he was far more fascinated by the engineering and calculations behind this energy-efficient design standard than anything else, and this led him to pursue his current studies. He attends Wrexham Glyndwr University once a week, where he is immersing himself in the world of renewable energy. A recent discussion explored how to integrate renewable technology into society, and how to overcome scepticism that renewable energy is not a viable long-term option on its own.
The aim of the degree over the next three years is to provide a deep understanding of the critical field of renewable energy engineering. Areas covered will include: analytical engineering techniques, engineering and operations management, and future energy systems and sustainability.