Driving the Electric Revolution: Building Talent for the Future 2

Closing Date: 27/04/2022

UK registered organisations can access support for innovative skills, talent, and training projects for Power Electronics, Motors and Drives (PEMD).

Delivering funding from the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, this competition is administered by Innovate UK (IUK); the UK’s innovation agency. IUK works with people, companies and partner organisations to de-risk, enable and support innovation, and promote UK economic growth. IUK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – a non-departmental public body, funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Electric and hybrid vehicles, domestic appliances and other applications are creating a considerable need for next-generation power electronics, electric machines and drives (PEMD). For the UK to be able to design, develop and manufacture these products, it requires skilled people across all levels.

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge is now investing in projects building talent for the future. The aim is to fund several ideas that quickly fill immediate gaps in skills, talent and training for the PEMD industry.

The aim of this competition is to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills, talent and training across PEMD manufacturing and supply chains; building awareness of PEMD and filling key gaps in the UK’s workforce talent and training capabilities.

Proposals must deliver a clear, game-changing intervention and address a clear industrial requirement. This would realistically and significantly meet and provide a long-term commitment to supporting the UK PEMD industry talent requirement.

Opportunities could include but are not limited to:

  • Schools’ engagement
  • Apprenticeships and internships
  • Upskilling and reskilling of existing workforce
  • Technical courses and vocational training
  • Undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD)

The Building Talent for the Future 2 competition has two strands:

  • Driving the Electric Revolution – Building Talent for the Future 2 – for projects with costs up to £50,000 (this strand)
  • Driving the Electric Revolution – Building Talent for the Future 2 – full stage for projects invited following a successful expression of interest application.

The aim of this full stage competition is to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills, talent and training across PEMD manufacturing and supply chain; building awareness of PEMD and filling key gaps in the UK’s workforce talent and training capabilities.

IUK wants to fund a portfolio of projects, across both strands of the competition, to cover a variety of key industrial needs and gaps in UK PEMD workforce skills, talent pipeline and training capabilities.

Projects must focus on one or more of the following:

  • Defining and filling key gaps in the UK’s PEMD manufacturing and supply chain workforce and training capability.
  • Producing industry compatible training programs in PEMD.
  • Promoting skills in design for manufacture and design for assembly.
  • Increasing interaction between academia or training establishments and industry to ensure skills streams for the future, including apprenticeships, internships, sandwich courses.
  • Delivering academic courses or practical training areas such as: schools’ engagement, upskilling and reskilling of existing workforce, technical courses and vocational training, undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Improving the quality and capacity of existing training delivery.
  • Outreach and engagement material focusing on PEMD for all ages and levels in academia and industry.
  • Supporting and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion within PEMD technology training, manufacturing, or research.
  • Providing training or incentives for training to specific underrepresented groups of people or in specific training subjects.
Funding body Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value £50,000
Reference ID S23552
Category Engineering and Physical Sciences
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