NORTH East Scotland College has joined forces with national partners to launch a new project designed to inspire apprentices across Scotland to develop innovative low carbon solutions to issues faced by industry.
The Fuel Change initiative invites apprentices to tackle carbon challenges set by representatives from a range of industries.
Alexander Dennis Limited, BAM Nuttall, Scottish Power Energy Networks, National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and Spirit Aerosystems are the first five companies to sign-up.
The aim is to create practical solutions which can not only be implemented by the partner companies but potentially be implemented across the world in the effort to combat climate change.
Up to 40 teams of between four and eight apprentices, either from an individual employer or comprising of individuals from different employers, are expected to participate from all over the country and from a wide range of sectors and industries.
Neil Cowie, NESCol principal, said: “Energy transition and the drive for a low carbon future are both central to North East Scotland College’s ambitions.
“As the region’s college we have an important role in providing the education, training and reskilling that will support the North east in developing the green economy.
“Fostering a spirit of innovation in low carbon technology is something we’re passionate about and Fuel Change is a fantastic project for encouraging fresh thinking and collaboration with industry partners.
“We look forward to supporting our apprentices to develop their concepts and to joining teams from throughout Scotland for what is a unique approach to tackling issues that are fundamental to the country’s prosperity.”
NESCol is joined by Forth Valley College, Fife College and Ayrshire College.
The challenge will take place over a series of three to four week and will end with a national showcase, which is expected to take place in February.