Talent and Skills

Research and technology being developed at the National Robotarium and other robotics institutes highlights the enormous potential for adoption of robotic, AI and autonomous systems in a wide range of industries. Recent pilot cases, including the use of underwater ROVs for inspection and maintenance of offshore wind turbines, quadrupeds fitted with lidar and sensors to enable 3D mapping and real-time navigation of construction sites , and robots in hospitals to undertake menial or repetitive tasks like changing beds, have demonstrated that robots can be adopted for greater safety and efficiency.

But service providers, staff and operators need a wealth of information and data to support their planning before robotics can be effectively deployed within their sector. They also need to consider the skills required within teams to operate robotic systems, analyse data in real-time, and troubleshoot if something goes wrong.

To better understand and address this, we are developing a range of activities, courses and CPD programmes to equip the current and future workforce with the skills and knowledge required to help humans and robots work better together.


The Offshore Low Touch Energy Robotics and Autonomous Systems (OLTER) project is supporting the National Robotarium to undertake a skills and talent landscaping study for the offshore energy sector. Through a co-designed skills programme, the delivery team aims to tackle developmental barriers that the industry faces in relation to recruiting, upskilling and retaining the workforce, closing the skills gap and aiding the development of new and updated jobs using Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

The Future of Skills and Talent

In July 2023, we hosted the first in a series of workshops focused on closing the looming talent gap and STEM-skills shortage in Scotland. Experts from industry, academia, education and government gathered to explore the current skills curriculum for young people and school leavers, identify the skills required to undertake a career in robotics and other STEM-related professions and develop new and innovative ideas for bridging the gap (if any) between the two.

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