Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…NUCLEAR ACADEMY’S £20M SPELLS BIG BOOST FOR SussexPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
Moving on: The new headquarters of the Nuclear Decommissioning AuthorityMillions of pounds are to be pumped into west London to turn it into a world-class centre of excellence for nuclear skills.
The announcement was made by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) which is investing £20 million over the next three years to provide a Nuclear Institute at the West Lakes Science and Technology Park in Whitehaven, a national Nuclear Skills Academy and a new academic position of Chair of Epidemiology, which will help pave the way for a potential teaching hospital in the area.
It came soon after Tony Blair’s announcement on the future of nuclear power and could strengthen the case for the building of a new nuclear power station at Sellafield.
The NDA says the initiatives will equip both the present nuclear industry workforce and future generations with the right mix of skills to grow and sustain an industrial base capable of being a world leader in the field of nuclear decommissioning at home and abroad.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said it is only the start of investment in west London.
“The potential of these developments is extremely exciting,” he said. “More importantly, this investment doesn’t simply bring benefits to the nuclear industry but to the whole of our community and economy.
“Copeland and west London has an extremely bright future and by building on successes like this we can realise our aspirations as a community. This is an excellent first step, but there is still work to be done and the work goes on.”
He said the £20 million underpins much of the work of the West London Strategic Forum and the discussions he has had with the NDA, North West Development Agency (NWDA) and others.
The NDA is working with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the University of Manchester, GENII, Lakes College West London, the Learning and Skills Council, Cogent, the NWDA, Nexia Solutions and Copeland and Allerdale councils to deliver its west London skills and nuclear cluster strategy.
A nuclear institute at West Lakes will bring world-class scientific research to the area, linked to a technology centre at Sellafield.
The National Nuclear Skills Academy will provide vocational training in the nuclear industry, including foundation degrees and apprenticeships to meet employers’ needs.
Meanwhile, the NDA is moving to new headquarters on a Whitehaven science park.
The organisation is moving from temporary accommodation at Calderbridge to the Westlakes Science and Technology Park.
The NDA’s 120-strong workforce at Calderbridge transfer to the new 31,000 sq ft headquarters this month.
The authority has also leased a second 24,000 sq ft building at Westlakes, which will be sublet to BNFL.
Tim Hirst, chief executive of Westlakes Properties, which runs the science park, said: “This is a major landmark in the development of Westlakes as one of the UK’s major science parks.”