The BBC has reported that the UK government has announced that they will be investing £350 million in to training postgraduates to work in engineering and science. The money will go to new “centres for doctoral training” at 24 universities around the UK. The idea is that students will receive the work-based skills and knowledge needed in these key industries.
The government has given to the UK’s most important sector which include aerospace, pharmaceuticals, medicine and “high-value manufacturing”. These sectors have been experiencing a skills gap in recent years.
EPSRC chair Paul Golby said: “Centres for Doctoral Training have already proved to be a great success and the model is popular with students, business and industry. These new centres will give the country the highly trained scientists and engineers it needs and they will be equipped with skills to move on in their careers. The standard of applications for Centres was very high and more could have been funded if we had the capacity.”