Skills Shortage Assessment and Training Provision for Local Energy Projects

About the project or challenge area

In order to transition to clean, renewables-based energy system, the countries must not only ensure adoption of the new technologies (such as PV, wind, wave, hydro generation), but also make provisions for educating and training the professionals able to install, maintain, run, and control these technologies, as well as develop appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks to enable such transition. This project will undertake a qualitative (e.g., via interviews, focus groups) and quantitative (e.g., via surveys, questionnaires) research to identify what skills are currently under-provisioned for in the UK energy sector and what training needs to be provided to fill in these "skills shortage" for successful transition to renewable-based energy system.

Why choose this opportunity?

By undertaking this project you will:

  • Have an opportunity to engage directly with the various players in the UK's renewables-based energy sector;
  • Influence the decisions on the teaching and training provision for transitioning to local energy systems (as findings of your work will be used to inform UK educational funding decision makers);
  • Work as a part of an EPSRC research project team, participating in meetings and collaborations across the UK;
  • Co-author research paper and report reports (and, as appropriate, attend international conferences to present own work).

About you

The project requires excellent command of English language as communication with people for data collection is a key requirement for this research. In addition, it will be advantageous (but not required) to have previous qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis skills, though training will be provided where necessary. Background knowledge of (renewable) energy sector is also advantageous, but not essential.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Ruzanna Chitchyan in the Department of Computer Science. You can contact her at

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