The UK Government has announced a £6.5 million investment in the future of green engineering skills, as part of a plan to boost the country’s offshore wind and marine energy sector.
The money will support a new Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE), where training is expected to begin in January 2012 with an annual intake of 50 students.
Students will focus on the commercial application of research, spending time on projects with industry partners such as EDF Energy, BP, E.ON, Shell, and Rolls-Royce.
“Engineering skills are vital for the growth of a more sustainable economy and are in high demand from employers,” said Business Secretary Vince Cable. “This scheme will see industry working with universities to provide students with the training and commercial experience businesses want.”
Elsewhere in the sector, Cable named the nine members appointed to the new £3bn Green Investment Bank Advisory Group. The group will counsel the bank when it starts lending to infrastructure projects in April 2012.
Amongst the Advisory Group’s members is Lord Stern, author of the influential Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006. The board will be chaired by Sir Adrian Montague, who said “I have worked closely with Vince Cable to select the nine members to join me on the Green Investment Bank Advisory Board. They all bring a wealth of experience with them.”
For further information:
UK’s Green Investment Bank to start investing next year, says Clegg (23-May)
‘Proper’ Green Investment Bank needed to meet UK’s energy investment needs (11-Mar)
UK Government invests £2.5 million in green skills (8-Feb)
UK launches £13 million training centre for energy researchers (26-Jan 2009)
01 September 2011