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National College for Nuclear - Lakes College

Drees & Sommer supported the college through funding and delivery of this world class training facility designed to deliver the ‘workforce of tomorrow.’ The UK’s National College for Nuclear is a £7.5m two-story college at Lakes College, West Cumbria in Workington that forms a cornerstone of the Government’s response to nuclear skills provision.

The institute is partnership between industry employers, regulators, skills bodies and training providers. We provide the bridge between skills strategy and policy and the provision of the required skills capability and capacity. We do this by aligning industry demands (including low carbon, transitioning industries and non-civil) with the roll-out of assured curriculum where it is needed to meet nuclear missions. It is through this approach that we can make a difference in increasing regional opportunities including apprenticeships, in improving transferability and in delivery.

The college was one of the first of five government funded national colleges that deliver high-tech technical training to thousands of learners nationwide. The college combines theoretical work with hands-on experience.

Accommodation created includes two virtual reality rooms to provide students with experience of working in a nuclear environment, an engineering workshop equipped with the latest technology, science laboratories and simulated ‘restricted’ areas to give a detailed view of the work involved at a nuclear plant. As well as digital consulting areas, project workspace and a central heart learning space on both floors.

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