The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced the establishment of a National College for Nuclear. The new college established alongside those for 4 other sectors including oil and gas is part of an £80million move by government to provide centres of high-tech training to support the sector.
The new college is backed by Sellafield and EDF with two hubs, one in Cumbria and one in Somerset. FE colleges at Lakes (Cumbria) and Bridgwater (Somerset) will be the education partners in the projects alongside higher education establishments Cumbria University and Bristol University.
The funding for the college is also a collaborative effort as, alongside £15million from BIS, the South West LEP will be providing £3million and Bridgwater College £4.5million. This gives the green light for construction to start on the two sites and they are expected to open in September 2017. The college aims to train 7,000 people by 2020.
New Chair of the Board for the National College for Nuclear, Colin Reed, who is also the Human Resources Director at Sellafield says of the project, “I’m delighted that the Government has confirmed its intention to create the National College for Nuclear in Cumbria and Somerset.”
“Sellafield’s mission is changing as we transition from a nuclear production site into a fully-fledged environmental restoration project.”
“To successfully complete that mission, we require a pipeline of talented individuals with higher level skills across a range of disciplines.”