The Government has today announced £15 million in funding to support the creation of the National College for Nuclear that is to be based in Cumbria and Somerset, and the University of Cumbria will be the HE provider supporting the Cumbria hub.
Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Strike says: “The NCfN is a very exciting and significant opportunity for the university. We are working closer than ever with the nuclear industry and the NCfN will enable us to work with employers and educational partners to develop and deliver new academic products and programmes that can support developments within industry and address local, regional and national skills needs.”
The announcement means that work will now begin on developing the curriculum, which will help to support the nuclear industry through providing education and training to both the next generation of nuclear workers and the existing workforce to meet the demands of both current and future nuclear skills requirements. It is expected that new qualifications will be available in 2017 that reflect the needs of the nuclear sector and address the skills challenge facing the industry and its supply chain.
The college, which is set to open its doors in late 2017, will meet the demand for highly skilled workers in the nuclear sector and will offer courses designed by employers for a range of highly specialised careers within the nuclear industry. It is one of five national colleges that will create the workforce of tomorrow by delivering high-level technical training to thousands of learners across England, and aims to train over 7,000 learners by 2020.
Based at Lakes College in Cumbria and Bridgwater College, Somerset, the National College for Nuclear is being funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), with additional support from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership for the Southern Hub.
Sellafield Ltd and EDF will lead industry input into the nuclear college, working alongside Lakes College and Bridgwater, plus the higher education providers University of Cumbria and University of Bristol.