UK universities are being invited to bid to host a £6m industrial doctorate centre to help develop offshore renewable skills.
The centre is expected to be launched in October and is being set up by the Energy Technologies Institute and the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, who together are funding it to the tune of £6.5m.
In an attempt to close skills gaps in engineering and technology doctoral training, the centre will train up to 50 students and place them with several major energy players, including BP, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell.
ETI chief executive David Clarke said: “This centre will provide a pool of 50 future leaders in offshore renewables engineering and technology. These individuals will be equipped to helping solve the challenges we face in making offshore renewables a key part of the long term industrial base of the UK.
“It will also lead to the development of enhanced links between universities and industry to ensure a long term pipeline of technology, training and engineering that will play a major part in the UK’s economy over the coming years.”