The first people have completed a new Sheffield engineering course which has attracted interest from as far away as China.
And the five students have now secured jobs at Sheffield University after successfully finishing the two-year programme and also achieving a professional registration.
They spent time working in various university departments to build up their skills as part of the project.
Geoffrey Howell, technician trainee programme manager, said: “This group was our first intake and they are a real mix of people, some had degrees, some of them came straight from school, but they were all struggling to find work.
“It has been a great success and the first five we took on all got experience in the various departments to build their skills up.
“Now they have all been offered positions and completed their professional registrations.”
The first five to complete the course were Mark Jones, Peter Prend, Fahmi Mohammad, Mohammed Khan and Jack Powell.
Another six are currently on the course and four more are to start in the summer.
Mr Howell said: “The programme was designed by our technicians in the faculty and we’ve had a lot of interest from other universities in the course – even from one university in China.”