This article about MSc student Cara Heller appeared in the Graduate Section of the P&J’s Energy Supplement on 5th December 2011
ABERDEEN-BASED energy consultancy ADIL has decided to sponsor an MSc student after recognising a skills shortage in the renewables sector.
It is sponsoring Cara Heller, 26, from Elgin, who is studying for an MSc in Renewable Energy at the University of Aberdeen.
It is the first time the firm has sponsored a student during their studies.
ADIL has also contracted her to undertake ongoing research into current renewable energy technology, including, engineering and licensing challenges, supply chain issues and the sector’s parallels with the oil and gas industry.
Heller said: “This has been the best possible start to my MSc. While increasing my knowledge of the renewable energy industry I am also gaining an understanding of the cooperation that needs to occur between all industries if the UK is to successfully address its 2050 CO2 targets.”
“ADIL has an ambitious and entrepreneurial attitude. The company has encouraged my independence and resourcefulness, allowing me to make a valuable contribution.”
Heller recently completed a BSc in Environmental Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh, gaining experience across topics including climate change, marine science and environmental pollution.
ADIL company director and unofficial youth ambassador Tim Sibley said: “ADIL recognises there is a great skills shortage in both the oil and gas and renewables industries.”
“In sponsoring a student, ADIL gains in a number of ways. Not only are we encouraging a promising young person to achieve their ambition, we are also bringing the latest thinking into our organization. We look on it quite simply as an investment in the future.”
ADIL was founded in 2006. It says that since then it has developed two fields from concept through to production and that it is currently managing several field developments with an associated capital investment of over £1billion.