New national nuclear college plans revealed

Sellafield Credit: PA

A new multi-million pound college is being created to train nuclear industry workers.

The National College for Nuclear is to aimed at addressing a future national skills shortage in the nuclear industry and is a partnership between Lakes College, Sellafield Ltd and the University of Cumbria - which will create the northern hub and Bridgwater College, EDF Energy and the University of Bristol, which will make up the southern hub.

It was announced today by Business Minister Matt Hancock that it's going to be a virtual college, specialising in training and development for the nuclear industry, but will also include new facilities to be built at Lakes College on the Lillyhall Business Park near Workington.

The college will develop its own employer-led curriculum and accreditation, which the partner organisations involved say will drive up standards of training for the nuclear sector and develop clear, specialised nuclear engineering pathways between school and university.

“I am delighted that Lakes College is a founding member of the National College for Nuclear, particularly as it will provide excellent national opportunities for our region. The National College has been specifically created to fill a shortfall in national nuclear related skills, and to design employer-led courses and training for the nuclear industry. This will ensure communities in West Cumbria and beyond can benefit directly from the training employers need.”

Chris Nattress, Lakes College Principal

“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.”

Colin Reed, Sellafield Ltd Human Resources Director