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New training academies to meet demand of nuclear energy sector

Published: Thursday, 02 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The Government has pledged £15 million to support training academies as they try to meet the demand for the growing nuclear energy sector.

Two new training academies, which will open next year, are set to revolutionise the way the industry locates and trains the next generation of operatives and engineers.

Support for the creation of the National College for Nuclear, which is based over two sites, one in Cumbria and one in Somerset, was announced in May 2016.

The two sites will be close to the biggest existing nuclear facility in the UK, at Sellafield in Cumbria, and the biggest planned is at Hinckley Point, Somerset.

Meeting the demand

There is hope that the college will be open in 2017, in an attempt to meet the demands the nuclear sector has for highly skilled workers.

Courses will be designed by employers for a range of highly specialised careers within the nuclear industry, which is set to see substantial growth over the next 20 years.

Businesses have been eager to ensure there is investment to deliver high-quality, technical education as well as clear routes to employment that create opportunities for young people and deliver economic growth.

Employers have been at the heart of the National Colleges design process to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the pioneering industry and maintains its desire to innovate.

Developing curriculum

Now financial backing has been confirmed, work can now begin on developing the curriculum to help train the next generation of nuclear workers.

The new qualifications, which should be available in 2017, will address the skills challenge facing the industry and its supply chain.

Previously, four other themed colleges also set out to give training opportunities for young people across a range of industries including, National College for High Speed Rail, National College for Digital Skills, National College for Onshore Oil and Gas, and National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries.

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