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£4.5m competition aims to lift electronics and drives skills

18 January, 2022

Innovate UK has announced a £4.5m competition aimed at developing skills, talent and training in the UK’s power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) sector. The competition, run by the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge – part of UK Research and Innovation – will invest up to £4.5m in projects designed to build talent for the future in this sector.

The competition aims to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills development, attract talent and deliver training across PEMD manufacturing and supply chains.

The competition is being run in two stages. First, it is seeking an initial expression of interest (EOI) for projects looking for £50,000 to £1m of funding. The projects must deliver a game-changing intervention or provide a long-term commitment to supporting the need for talent in the PEMD sector. Entries must be submitted by 2 February, 2022.

Successful projects will be invited to submit a full proposal in March 2022. Projects seeking less than £50,000 of funding do not need to submit an EOI.

This is the third competition that Driving the Electric Revolution has run with the aim of improving skills, training and talent in the PEMD sector. Together, they represent a combined investment of more than £6m.

Drury: competition’s aim is to support the growth of the UK’s PEMD supply chains and people

“The UK is a world leader in the development of PEMD technology, but for years now we’ve lacked the skills needed to bring these ideas to reality,” says Driving the Electric Revolution challenge director, Professor Will Drury. “By investing in skills, talent and training in this sector, we aim to support the growth of not only the UK’s PEMD supply chains, but its people too.”

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