MP welcomes £15m nuclear funding for college
MP James Heappey has welcomed a multi-million pound investment
from the Government to support the creation of a National College
for Nuclear that will be based in Somerset and Cumbria.
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
Heappey, who is a member of the Parliamentary Energy and Climate
Change Select Committee, said: "Somerset finds itself at
the centre of the UKs new nuclear industry. The announcement
that the National College for Nuclear will be based here is hugely
welcome and will provide thousands of Somerset residents with
the opportunity to launch careers in this exciting industry."
Minister Nick Boles added: "This is the investment in high-tech
skills that businesses are crying out for. We have made it a priority
to work with employers to deliver high-quality, technical education
and clear routes to employment that deliver economic growth and
create opportunities for our young people, and enable our existing
workforce to upskill and retrain for the jobs of the future."
National Colleges have been designed with employers, for employers.
They will produce the skills needed now and into the future to
ensure the UK remains innovative and at the forefront of pioneering
at Lakes College in Cumbria and Bridgwater College, 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
Ltd and EDF Energy will lead industry input into the nuclear college,
working alongside Lakes and Bridgwater Colleges, plus higher education
providers, University of Cumbria and University of Bristol.