The UK government has announced a £6.5 million investment in a scheme to train students in renewable energy initiatives.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said during a visit to Edinburgh University the scheme will help pay for 50 engineering students to be trained in the most innovative future technologies.
“Engineering skills are vital for the growth of a more sustainable economy and are in high demand from employers. This scheme will see industry working with universities to provide students with the training and commercial experience businesses want.
“Scotland has real strengths in renewable energy - wind, wave and tidal power, building on a strong tradition of hydro. These students will have the chance to work with some of the leading energy companies based here and tackle one of our biggest challenges - developing technology for a greener future,” Dr Cable said.
The training will be delivered by Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter universities, together with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and consultancy HR-Wallingford. Companies taking part will include EDF Energy, BP, Caterpillar, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell.
The first graduates, who are expected to begin their training in January, will gain an engineering doctorate.