Cumbria County Council las week awarded Esh Constructon a £5.5M contract to design and build the new Construction Skills Centre at Lakes College in West Cumbria
Detailed design work will begin immediately with construction work expected to start in early spring.
Construction of the Skills Centre is anticipated to take 48 weeks and when completed expects to take on around 280 trainees per year. Sellafield currently employs 12,000 skilled workers. However, as these workers come to retire and the nuclear industry continues to develop in Cumbria, the council believes around 4,400 new jobs will be created.
Cumbria County Council will be the client and project manager on the job, in partnership with business lobby group Britain’s Energy Coast. The project is entirely grant funded.
“The anticipated development of various infrastructure projects in Cumbria could mean that around 4,400 jobs being created,” said Cumbria County Council cabinet member for economic development councillor Tony Markley. “The Construction Skills Centre will ensure that local young people are able to take on these jobs with the training and knowledge to ensure that Cumbria’s economy will prosper for years to come.”