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Nuclear academy opens

The training academy for a new generation of nuclear engineers opened last week by energy secretary Ed Milliband.

The £20M ENERGUS project aims to be a world class centre for skills training and business support services for the nuclear and energy related industries.

250 apprentices and up to 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students will be trained at the academy, to give them a range of skills needed for the nuclear sector, particularly in decommissioning, waste management, defence, fuel processing and enrichment, power production and future new build.

Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear Jean Llewellyn said; “The launch of ENERGUS is excellent news for the National Skills Academy, the nuclear industry, and for its future workforce, and we acknowledge the tremendous efforts of Andrew King and his team in bringing such an iconic centre to fruition.

“It is vital for the nuclear industry to be able to recruit and equip people with the right competencies and skills to ensure the sector has a world-class skilled workforce that can operate safely, effectively and meet the future requirements of this rapidly changing industry. “

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Kevin Brennan, said: “This government continues to invest in skills. It is giving employers the opportunity to boost the skills of their workers to support the future development of nuclear power and to encourage young people to take advantage of the excellent facilities ENERGUS will provide.“

ENERGUS Chief Executive Andrew King said: “We will continue to develop of our strategic partnership with the National Skills Academy Nuclear to ensure that ENERGUS represents a beacon of excellence for the nuclear industry.  By working together we will ensure that the training that is delivered is up with the best in the World and represents a national asset for the development of the UK’s nuclear skills base.”

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