The Faraday Institution will deliver a comprehensive training programme via its partner universities encompassing PhD training and CPD (for industry and academia) across technical, commercial and transferrable skills. This will address the skills shortage for the planned expansion in the UK battery capability and will leverage the extensive training portfolio already delivered by the host institutes.
Each Fast Start research project has identified a training champion responsible for ensuring students have full and complete access to all that the FI training programme has to offer.
These champions will be mandated to promote training opportunities, facilitate dissemination, and provide feedback regarding training needs and opportunities. When fully operational, we have one training champion identified for each university participating in our research projects.
The current Training Champions are:
A key task of the Faraday Institution from inception will be the identification of a comprehensive curriculum map, and in consultation with industry to identify gaps. To ensure effective delivery of the Faraday Battery Challenge, we consider commercial and transferable skills as integral to the skills portfolio.
The Institution will develop the curriculum map for the UK, and will perform a gap analysis to identify under serviced areas and subsequently a market analysis to prioritise need.
The Faraday Institution partner universities manage the distribution of PhD students across the research projects. To establish a cohort mentality, the Faraday Institution will deliver commensurate PhD level training in a PhD Cluster, which will take a portfolio of courses, in parallel with CPD and industry training. The Cluster consists of 14 students in year 2, and two additional cohorts of 13 each in year 3 and 4.
The fast start project PI will have the capability to bid for additional PhD project funding. Following negotiation with the HQ, these PhDs can be allocated by agreement between the project PI and the Expert Panel, to universities conducting research aligned with the research challenge, although not limited to the challenge co-investigators. In this way, we aim to promote inclusivity while maintaining research funding in priority, challenge areas.
Up to 18 weeks training will be provided over a 4-year PhD, some of which will be compulsory; the FI will build sufficient breadth in our training portfolio to enable some flexibility.
Affiliated PhD students across the Faraday Institution partner set will invited and encouraged to participate in programmes we develop; however, they will do so at their own cost or through a skills grant offered by their home institution. Several of the compulsory programmes would be ideal for this cohort, for example Battery 101 and Battery Manufacturing.