Cutting-edge technology businesses and traditional manufacturing companies are being given an opportunity to access extra brain-power and practical skills for new projects.
As part of a new Foundation Degree in Technology, Tamworth & Lichfield College will be sending 15 students in to work on projects chosen by the firms concerned.
The work they complete will count towards their final degree - made up of core modules and specialist options including electronics, mechanical engineering, manufacturing and electrical installations.
The students will work an agreed number of hours over three months at no cost to the individual businesses.
During the rest of their course they will be based at the college's Technology Centre and also within the college's soon-to-open Higher Education Centre, both on the Tamworth campus.
Gary Hayward, head of technology, said: "This is the first time we have offered a Higher Education technology qualification on a full-time basis here at the Tamworth campus.
"It's a two-year course with an emphasis on design and planning, and once they have completed it, students can choose to progress to a BSc Hons at Staffordshire University. …