Marine-i to provide significant opportunities for graduates

Date: 
16 Mar 2017
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  • The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) to deliver placements and mentoring
  • Will help deliver business engagement along with defining RD&I 

(CAMBORNE, CORNWALL: 14/03/17): The collaborators behind the new multi-million pound Marine-i project have revealed there will also be exciting and highly sought opportunities for graduates.

The £9.3m collaboration between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is aiming to bring a new generation of innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s marine sector. 

TCCG will deliver and oversee a variety of three-, six- and nine-month innovation projects in which a graduate is placed into a business to carry out a specific project.

Justin Olosunde, director of technology TCCG, said that through the award-winning engineering departments and Falmouth Marine School, the Group “can bring its expertise in key marine technology disciplines to Marine-i, including advanced engineering, materials and hydraulics”.

“Marine-i is fantastic news for the region, but also an exceptional opportunity for graduates,” he continued.

 

“A business development manager will work with businesses to scope projects, find suitable candidates and support the graduate throughout the project, while mentors will provide technical project focussed advice and support to graduates in placements in SMEs in order to support the project and maximise the contribution of the graduate to the business.”

 

Up to £6.8m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to develop marine technology research, development and innovation activities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through Marine-i.

It is anticipated that 13 new graduate-level jobs will be delivered through the programme leading to long-term sustainable careers.

 

Allyson Glover, Programme Director at Unlocking Potential said “we are delighted to be partnering with Marine-i to support these new graduate-level jobs which will be focussed on delivering innovative projects for marine businesses here in Cornwall”.

 

“Graduates have a big role to play in the future of the marine sector and we are looking forward to supporting both early-level graduate roles as well as helping businesses access more experienced higher level skills to support the growth in the sector,” she added.

 

TCCG will also be involved in defining RD&I challenges and support the formation and delivery of business engagement activities.

 

In partnership with universities and research institutes these events will include industry experts, showcase new technologies and provide an opportunity for industry to link with knowledge-bases and research assets within Falmouth Marine School, within the partnership and beyond.

 

“TCCG has excellent working relationships and partnerships with many marine technology businesses, so we are perfectly placed as a Group to not only engage the sector, but also ensure there are opportunities for up and coming talent in the marine industry,” Justin said.

 

Marine-i will be based at ‘Chi Gallos’, a bespoke office complex at the heart of the Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park, and will also support businesses wishing to access the £3.18m Marine Challenge Fund – a delegated grant scheme that has been specifically designed to drive marine sector research, development and innovation.

Further activities are also planned to encourage and enable businesses to gain access to the region’s key research and development and innovation assets, facilities, knowledge and expertise required to develop new and improved products, improve business processes and downstream applications which will create well paid skilled jobs.   

Project manager Professor Lars Johanning said, “Marine-i will strengthen business innovation and has been set up in direct response to the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly marine roadmap to secure the continued growth of this sector. There is an expectation that as the regional commercial infrastructure grows, the marine sector will grow in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through smart innovations benefiting from the expertise and skills within the local supply chain, FE and HE. This funding provides a unique opportunity for businesses to enhance expertise and create jobs through collaboration and co-creation.”

 

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