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.