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Renewable energy skills get £6.5M boost

Business secretary Vince Cable has announced a £6.5M investment in developing a new generation of engineering leaders in renewable energy.

Leading universities and industry will provide training for up to 50 of the best engineering students as part of a new Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE).

Working at the heart of industry alongside global companies such as EDF Energy, Shell and Rolls-Royce, the students will be trained in innovative technologies, from designing cost efficient new windmill blades to testing the latest wave energy technology.

The engineers will also be trained to understand the needs of business, develop their entrepreneurial skills, and boost their research and technical skills. The first graduates, who are expected to begin their training in January 2012, will gain an Engineering Doctorate.

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