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West Cumbria's high tech energy sector has been booming. It's thanks to the presence of Sellafield which continues to train and draw-in highly skilled engineers to the region.
Many small and medium sized companies are beginning to thrive there as well.
An event's been held in Workington to showcase successful firms and provide them with new opportunities.
Matthew Taylor reports:
A gap has opened up between the availability of skilled engineers in West Cumbria and the numbers of jobs that area being created there
The problem is that the energy sector is continuing to grow but the level of skills isn't increasing at the same rate.
It's an issue that was discussed at the Cumbria Excellence Day, an invent to promote small and medium sized businesses.
Luke Dicicco from Britain's Energy Coast - which helps local firms to invest in skills - says it's a problem that is being addressed.
Many small and medium sized firms have sprung up in West Cumbria because of Sellafield. But the managing director of specialist hydraulics company Forth Engineering, Mark Telford, argues there's also growth elsewhere. And adds that businesses are diversifying away from the nuclear industry.
Sellafield has been promising to make it easier for local businesses to win contracts from the company.
George Beveridge, Deputy Managing Director at Sellafield, says terms and conditions have been simplified for small and medium companies.
He made the announcement at Cumbria Excellence Day, a special event that has been showcasing the success of the energy sector in West Cumbria.