A ScotWind partnership, including Fred. Olsen Renewables and Vattenfall, announced the creation of a Future Leaders Fund to help students at the University of the Highlands and Islands to study in the fields of civil engineering and energy engineering, providing a career path in the Highlands, Scotland. , and the region’s ever-expanding renewable energy industry.
It is expected that the Fund, totaling Â£ 200,000 over 20 years, will help retain the top performing and talented students in the region, encourage them to study locally and live and work locally after graduation. their degree, while developing the talent needed to alleviate the large skills gap in the energy sector.
The fund will be awarded annually to a student at the University of the Highlands and Islands and will help cover the costs associated with their studies, including books, accommodation and meals, if the partnership is awarded an option in the as part of the upcoming ScotWind lease. announcement.
Carolyn Heeps, head of offshore wind at Fred. Olsen Renewables commented: âWe have worked with the university to develop a scholarship program that will help retain Highland and Island talent, encourage them to study locally and ultimately enter the workforce locally.
âWith considerable and vast renewable energy potential, Scotland needs a highly skilled workforce to support the development of our future sustainable projects. We hope this program will support those entering higher education and encourage them to pursue careers in renewable energy, supporting future leaders in renewable energy today.
The Future Leaders scholarship program will seek talented students annually. In addition to funding these students, the partnership is also committed to helping them explore future employment opportunities. This will complement the work of the partnership to support the just transition of existing workers in the region.
Alison Wilson, Head of Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands, said:
âWe are excited about the prospect of working in partnership with Fred. Olsen Renewables and Vattenfall to support prospective engineering students looking for a career in renewable energy in the Highlands and Islands. If the partnership is given an option as part of ScotWind’s upcoming rental announcement, this giveaway agreement will secure the University’s largest scholarship fund donation to date and provide an incredible opportunity for our youth across the country. region.
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