An important milestone in the journey to an exciting future for Somerset and the wider south west has been reached, as work to construct the southern hub of the Government’s flagship National College for Nuclear in Cannington gets under way.
With an estimated £930 billion set to be invested in the nuclear industry worldwide over the next 20 years, the National College aims to train over 7,000 students by 2020 and will support the Government’s ambition to supply 90% of our nuclear workforce from within the UK.
EDF Energy and Sellafield Ltd will lead industry input into the curriculum, working alongside Bridgwater & Taunton and Lakes Colleges and the Universities of Bristol, Cumbria and the West of England.
Vincent de Rivaz CBE, Chief Executive of EDF Energy, said: “EDF Energy is proud to be at the heart of the UK’s new National College for Nuclear. The National College will play a vital role in developing skills across the industry, underpinning the UK’s nuclear renaissance.”
Steve Naylor, Head of Campus Operations and Business Development at EDF Energy offered a personal insight, saying: “I’ve worked in the nuclear industry for 26 years and it is hugely exciting and diverse, offering a wealth of career opportunities. The National College for Nuclear will enable us to create a pipeline of skills to meet our specific skills needs regionally, nationally and internationally.”
Steve Hindley, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, which has part-funded the project through its Growth Deal, said:
“The National College for Nuclear is a real coup for the South West and firmly establishes this area as a national hub for the nuclear industry of the future. This is an ideal project to be part-funded by £3 million from our Growth Deal, which supports projects that benefit the local area and economy.”