West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has today welcomed confirmation that Cumbria, alongside Somerset, will become host to a new National College for Nuclear.
Realising the next step in Jamie Reed’s plan to develop West Cumbria as a Global Centre for Nuclear Excellence, the announcement made by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills commits to an investment of £15m in the new College. The College will allow Cumbria to grow and retain its own highly skilled nuclear workers. Commenting on the announcement, Jamie Reed described the investment as “another step towards building a new West Cumbria and investing in the future of our young people”. He goes on to pledge to “keep working for these investments because our best days are truly ahead of us”.
The College, which will see industry input from Sellafield Ltd and EDF, will see facilities built at Lakes College in West Cumbria and Bridgewater College in Somerset.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“I’ve fought for this money for a long time and this project should be seen squarely as part of the Energy Coast vision we have been delivering for over a decade now.
“From the Dalton Institute and UCLan at Westlakes, to the UTC and Construction and Skills Centre at the Lakes College, West Lakes Academy and next year, the new Whitehaven Campus in addition to the National Nuclear Lab at Sellafield.
“This is another step towards building a new West Cumbria and investing in the future of our young people. This plan has been bought into by three successive, different Governments. That’s how unique our plan is and that is why our success is entirely within the national interest.
“I’ll keep working for these investments because our best days are truly ahead of us.“