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Principal welcomes commitment to double nuclear skills workforce

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  • News date: May '24
  • News author: Liam Waite



A COMMITMENT to double the nuclear workforce by the Government and industry leaders has been welcomed by Chris Nattress, principal at Lakes College.

Chris attended the signing of the new Nuclear Skills Charter by green skills minister Amanda Solloway, defence procurement minister James Cartlidge, and leaders from industry employers including Rolls-Royce, Babcock International Group and EDF (UK).

A new skills roadmap has also been published by the Nuclear Skills Taskforce, highlighting the need for 5,000 new apprentices and 40,000 new skilled workers in nuclear by the end of the decade – doubling the current hiring rate.

Chris said: “The launch of the comprehensive Nuclear Skills Plan to support doubling of the UK’s nuclear skills workforce is very welcome, timely and much needed.

“Here at Lakes College and the National College for Nuclear we are at the centre of providing the pipeline of talent our nuclear sectors need, and value the collaborative, co-invested principles that underpin the plan.

“This further enables industry, providers like Lakes, and government to work completely in unison.

“We are looking forward to fully deploying the plan to nurture and develop the talent we need.”

To read more about the charter and plan to revitalise the UK’s nuclear workforce, click here.