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This project proposes to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to produce a framework for competency at different levels in working with hydrogen. The project will engage with the industrial clusters and academia to work towards this goal. This project is seen as essential to create the necessary skills base in a short period of time to enable a transition to a hydrogen economy. The view is that it is easier to transfer existing skills, knowledge and resource to hydrogen than look to start afresh.
The project envisages a number of phases. Only Phase 1 has been commissioned within available funding. The findings of Phase 1 will be used to ascertain whether there is value in taking forward Phases 2 and 3.
Phase 1 comprises a baseline/gap-analysis desktop research and interviews with industry and academia to define current position with skills requirements and future expectations.
The findings of Phase 1 are expected to determine the need for and scope of Phases 2 and 3 e.g., upskilling and implementation planning.
A stakeholder Working Group has been established to further develop the scope of the project, provide direction and peer review the Phase 1 draft deliverable. Some 15 organisations have participated in the stakeholder Working Group; however, the following have actively participated: ENI, Brighton University, Nottingham University and CATCH.
The research element of the project has involved interviews with industry and academia (both Further and Higher Educational Establishments).