The contract is to provide apprentice training for approximately 80 young people a year, further and higher education courses, such as foundation degrees in a number of nuclear disciplines and short courses ranging from safety to technical subjects.
The important announcement is timely, marking the beginning of National Apprentice Week 2012.
“We were impressed with the quality and value for money available in West Cumbria,” says David McNerney, NMP’s executive director for Human Resources at Sellafield Ltd. “This is a highly important contract for us, as it supports our safety improvement programme and invests in our people to ensure we have the right skills for the future.”
MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed, said: “This is excellent news and is recognition of the superb job that GEN II has done for the past 13 years in skilling-up a new generation of nuclear workers.
“The opportunities that we are all working hard to create in West Cumbria will mean that there will be even greater demand for highly skilled, well trained nuclear workers and the fact that they will be trained locally, at Energus, by a local company, demonstrates once again that West Cumbria is a centre for excellence in nuclear power.
“I’m particularly pleased to see a local firm awarded such a significant NMP contract. I hope that there will be many more opportunities for the local supply chain in the short, medium and long term.”
Mike Smith, Managing Director of GEN II, said; “We are delighted to have won the contract in the face of very stiff competition from some much larger national providers.
“We have a long association with Sellafield and to have been chosen by them to be their long-term partner for the delivery of training and education demonstrates the potential for other local businesses to win major contracts in the face of national as well as international competition.
“We have a lot to be proud of in West Cumbria, not only in terms of the quality of the businesses based here but also in terms of the skills and dedication of their workforce.”
Nigel Couzens, the NDA’s Head of People Strategy said: “Making sure we have a highly skilled workforce for the challenges facing Sellafield is so important, and being to develop and deliver apprenticeships here in West Cumbria supports our drive to maximise opportunities for young people.
“Gen II have a proven track record of delivery which will of course continue to be enhanced by using the first class facilities that Energus offers. That combination is a prime example of how we can invest in infrastructure and people to benefit both our industry and the wider West Cumbrian economy.”