A £10 million Degree Apprenticeship Centre will be funded by the government, in further plans announced at the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Summit.
Held between 11th to 12th September, the summit brought together representatives from around the world to support and collaborate in order to deliver a zero emission future for transport across the globe.
As part of the two-day event, the Prime Minister announced a further £106 million funding injection to help with research and development of green vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology.
This was just one of a number of measures outlined at the ZEV Summit, attended by business leaders, Ministers and other officials from more than 40 countries, all of whom want to accelerate the investment in infrastructure and zero emission technology.
At a result, a variety of different commitments were made at the landmark summit, including the outline of plans for the new Degree Apprenticeship Centre.
Based at the University of Warwick, the Degree Apprenticeship Centre will help with training staff in the high value manufacturing sector and will have space for 1,000 students.
It is a welcome boost for the transport sector, which already has targets to create apprenticeships in order to alleviate the skills shortages that exist in the industry, and prepare for the increasing number of significant infrastructure projects.
The Summit is part of the Prime Minister’s ambitions to position the UK at the forefront of design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, which was also set out in the government’s Road to Zero Strategy.
It is the next step in this process and the popularity of the Summit suggests that industries and businesses all over the world share the same ambitions.
Jesse Norma, Roads Minister, said: “We are working to create a platform for international cooperation and knowledge sharing on emissions issues, gathering together signatories from around the world to agree the Birmingham Declaration and, we hope, helping to create a cleaner, greener legacy for future generations.”