National College for Nuclear opens its doors

A new college to train thousands of technicians and engineers for future nuclear programmes has opened.

The National College for Nuclear will have hubs in Cumbria and Somerset, counties which already have links to the nuclear industry.

The facility is one of five national colleges being established as part of the Government's industrial strategy to develop technical skills among young people.

Ministers said around 6,000 workers will be needed every year in the coming years to fill technical and professional roles as new reactors are developed at five sites.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: "The college will provide our nuclear industry with the highly skilled engineers, scientists, technicians it needs to grow, as well as giving more people the opportunities they need to get on in today's competitive job market. "

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