Engineers from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) robotics division will be providing free mentoring through a three-year programme.
The government hopes to encourage university students from underrepresented backgrounds through the scheme, with the partnership connecting 25 students per year with engineers from RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments).
Recruitment for the fusion energy sector will be a particular focus of the scheme, with the government hoping to bring in more talent to deliver sustainable, low carbon energy and associated technology for future generations.
According to the UKAEA, this is a major technical challenge that will require working at the ‘forefront of science, engineering and technology’.
Professor Rob Buckingham, executive director of robotics, repurposing and decommissioning, UKAEA, said: “Engineering and technology will need to become more diverse and inclusive to help us solve the challenges in the delivery of sustainable fusion energy.
“UKAEA is delighted to support the Pathways Programme and welcome students from underrepresented groups to join our team of leading engineers in cutting-edge research areas including mechanical engineering, electronics, and cybernetics. They will have the opportunity to learn about exciting projects in robotics and AI research and development.”
Mentoring will be supported through the government’s partnership with EqualEngineers, a body which works to improve recruitment opportunities throughout engineering for those from minority or underrepresented backgrounds.
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