Sellafield Ltd is to support a new world-class training facility, the National College for Nuclear (NCfN), to make Cumbria the UK’s centre for nuclear excellence.
The company, along with EDF Energy, is set to invest in the Government’s new National College for Nuclear, allowing staff and subject matter experts to combine their enthusiasm and expertise to make learning in the college relevant and realistic.
As part of Sellafield Ltd’s commitment to investing in the skills and development of the next generation of nuclear workers, representatives from the company will deliver specialist vocational training to the West Cumbrian branch of the college to help meet the present and future skills needs of the UK’s nuclear industry.
Funding for two nuclear hubs in West Cumbria and Somerset will come from a grant committed by the Government.
Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “It’s expected the nuclear industry will need 30,000 new employees over the next decade – and the Nuclear College will equip young people with the skills they need.
“Creating jobs and opportunities for local people is front and centre of our long term economic plan to secure a brighter future for Britain.”
Sellafield Ltd Human Resources Director, Colin Reed, is the NCfN shadow board Chair. He said: “Sellafield Ltd is delighted to be part of the National College for Nuclear. The NDA and Sellafield Ltd are making substantial investments to grow the economy and develop West Cumbria as a global centre of nuclear excellence.
“The college will provide a source of qualification and curriculum development to feed the skills pipelines for the nuclear sector and its supply chain.”
Sellafield Ltd will work with local educational providers such as Lakes College and the University of Cumbria to develop the college’s qualifications and curriculum.
Colin said: “The focus will be on higher level vocational skills development and education in core engineering disciplines that will be most relevant for the nuclear industry and its supply chain.”
One of Sellafield Ltd’s most important investments is in the skills and development of the next generation of nuclear professionals; the company is dedicated to supporting local facilities such as the NCfN which provide education and training opportunities that will help meet the future skills requirement of the nuclear sector.
Dave Swindle, Chairman of Nuclear Management Partners (NMP): “This is fantastic news. Skills and training are major factors in realising West Cumbria’s potential to be the UK’s centre for nuclear excellence.
“The college will be a significant addition to the existing training facilities, brought about by investment from organisations like NMP, Sellafield Ltd and the NDA, to develop the next generation of nuclear experts.”
Source: Nuclear Matters