Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

Project Items

Exploiting the Potential of the Subsea Energy Cluster in the North East of England

Newcastle University Business School and School of Marine Science & Technology have received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Business Engagement Scheme to work with the subsea energy sector to identify the ways in which firms can work together to promote their industrial sector and tailor skills provision to meet their requirements. Considerable government funding is going into (a) initiatives to upskill the workforce post Leitch and also into (b) encouraging young people into Science, Engineering & Technology. However firms, particularly the smaller ones, have difficulty in engaging with the plethora of different initiatives and training providers that exist.  This is of particular concern when the Government plans to give employers greater leadership of the skills system and encourage Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to collaborate with employers on workforce development. In particular this project aims to:

This project will contribute to the sustainability of the subsea energy sector by promoting knowledge and understanding of this high-value added, technologically advanced industry within the region. It will strengthen links between the firms by promoting collaborative working and will clearly identify the routes (a) by which firms can engage with young people and (b) through which firms can obtain tailored training for their employees.