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Global firm joins Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) walks Britain's Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry (centre) as he leaves the site of an under-construction tramline in Stretford, greater Manchester. Credit: PA

The world’s third largest nuclear engineering firm, Assystem, has signed up to the partner programme.

The firm, whose headquarters are based in Blackburn, Lancashire will join other businesses in promoting the strategic and economic value of the north and will have a particular focus on education and skills development, enterprise and innovation.

The announcement coincides with the inaugural Northern Powerhouse summit in Rotherham on Friday September 13.

Tom Jones, Vice President International Business Development, Assystem, said:

Much of our workforce is based in the North of England as well as our UK headquarters, so we have a major interest in helping the economy of the north to grow. As the UK now looks to nuclear power to help it meet its net zero carbon emissions targets by 2050, the industry needs young people to embark on STEM subjects and careers in nuclear engineering to fill the skills gap.

Partnering with Northern Powerhouse will give us the opportunity to raise awareness of the opportunities that the nuclear industry offers, in reducing carbon emissions and providing jobs to the North of England.

– Tom Jones, Vice President International Business Development, Assystem

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, said:

This pioneering nuclear engineering firm is well placed to support our commitment to level up our regions and ensure the Northern Powerhouse can take advantage of the global opportunities that come with our departure from the EU on 31 October; I welcome their addition to the partner programme.

– Rt Hon Jake Berry MP