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Renewable energy skills training programme launched

2011-09-01 17:24:09

A £6.5 million government investment programme has been announced aimed at raising the number of people with the specific skills needed to advance the renewable energy sector.

The programme was announced today by business secretary, Vince Cable, who said that the scheme will help pay for at least 50 engineering students to received training in the most innovative of technologies.

Announcing the scheme while on a visit to Edinburgh University, Cable said that it was crucial to cultivate the very specific skills needed in the renewables sector, if the UK is to meet its targets for the use of such energy.

"Engineering skills are vital for the growth of a more sustainable economy and are in high demand from employers," he explained. "This scheme will see industry working with universities to provide students with the training and commercial experience businesses want."

The training will be delivered by Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities in Scotland. The students will be able to work with some of the leading energy companies based in the UK and help to tackle the challenge of developing technologyfor a greener future."

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