National College for Nuclear Announcement

In relation to the announcement made by Business Minister Matt Hancock today, I am delighted to confirm that Lakes College has been become a founding member of the National College for Nuclear, which is soon to be established.

This college is part of the Governments National College initiative aimed at addressing current and looming vocational skills gaps for national strategic industries, including HS2, Advanced Manufacturing, and wind technologies. They are designed to be employer-led, and target Advanced and Higher technical skills.

The founding partners in addition to Lakes, are: EDF Energy, Sellafield, University of Bristol, University of Cumbria, and Bridgwater College. Between us we will form a company that owns and runs a not-for profit college, which is “virtual” in design. By this I mean that the college has little by way of staff and assets; rather it will create service level agreements and contracts for staffing, operations and delivery with the founding members, and others.

Naturally this is a very significant and prestigious development for our college, and is another ingredient in our long term success. Via the college, we will operate at a regional, national, and international level with a key strategic industry. A key feature will be a significant capital investment into our college site, to develop and advanced engineering centre with high quality virtual and augmented reality capability.

The implications are far wider than engineering and STEM however, as there will be significant impacts upon much wider areas of training and skills right across our college, and leverage into other developments taking place in our area, particularly building on the developments we have already made in STEM, A levels and civil engineering.