An international graduate from Cardiff Met has landed a job at Hunter Stoves Group. Mohamed Afy-Shararah, who completed his PhD at the Cardiff School of Management (CSM), has started his role as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate between the University of the West of England and Hunter Stoves Group.
The Cardiff Met graduate's role as Industrial Engineer is part of a project that will deliver a step-change in productivity through embedding new capabilities in innovative manufacturing techniques and cutting-edge engineering product design at Hunter Stoves Group.
The job is part of the long-established KTP scheme, which is part-funded by the Government via Innovate UK – the UK's Innovation Agency. It enables firms that seek to innovate, or to investigate ways of improving their products or processes, to tap into the scientific and technical expertise of universities.
Mohamed's PhD research at CSM was in-line with Government strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the UK High-Value Manufacturing sector through Strategic Operations Management. He said:
"The operations knowledge and project management skills I have acquired at Cardiff Met, as well as the exposure to some of the best manufacturing businesses in the UK, are critical for successfully delivering this challenging project."
Peter Young, Operations Manager, at Hunter Stoves Group commented: "It has been clear from the interview stage that we need Mohamed on our team. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience which will be a huge benefit to our company. The KTP project has been the perfect vehicle to bring expertise like Mohamed's, and the support of UWE, into our operations. We are very excited about the improvements we will be making this year."