About the NCfN

At the National College for Nuclear, through innovation and collaboration with industry, we  ensure the nuclear workforce of tomorrow have the skills and experience they will require for long and successful careers in the industry.


The UK is entering a new stage in its nuclear history, providing unprecedented opportunities in the industry. Worldwide investment in new nuclear is set to hit a staggering £930 billion across the next 20 years, with 12 new reactors planned for the UK alone. Add to this a growing decommissioning portfolio, plus the delivery of the Dreadnought class nuclear submarines and the development of Small Modular Reactors, and the result is a huge surge of nuclear investment that is predicted to create up to 100,000 jobs over the next decade.

The challenges are significant. There is an urgent need to build a qualified and experienced skills base capable of meeting the demands of this growing nuclear sector. This is where our students and industry partners enter the frame.

The National College for Nuclear (NCfN) forms a cornerstone of the Government’s response to this growth. A partnership between industry, national regulators, skills bodies and training providers, it is set to revolutionise the way that training for the nuclear sector is delivered. whilst ensuring that the UK maintains its enviable global reputation for expert workers and top quality, safe operations.

At the NCfN, our approach to teaching and training is hands on and innovative. Through a combination of classroom learning and practical experience at our facilities, and those of our industry partners, we produce rounded and capable young professionals who have the skills and behaviours needed to deliver the UK’s nuclear challenges. Based on the experience they gain with us, our students will be able to develop into world class experts.

The National College for Nuclear Board of Governors.


Bridgwater & Taunton College is the principal delivery arm of the Southern Hub, supported by its Energy Skills and Advanced Engineering Centres, the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre at Cannington, University Centre Somerset in Taunton, the South West Nuclear Hub for research and innovation at Bristol University, Nuclear South West in Bristol, set up to help businesses maximise the opportunities arising from the nuclear new build programme, and Campus – EDF’s unique national training centre at Cannington.

The £15m capital investment is now providing a state-of-the-art nuclear training facility, including a virtual reality environment, a reactor simulator and computer-equipped training rooms; recreation and collaboration space; sports facilities and student accommodation.


Lakes College is the principal delivery arm of the Northern Hub, incorporating the existing Lakes College campus at Lillyhall, Britain’s Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre, Britain’s Energy Coast Campus, the Energus engineering centre, Energy Coast UTC, five University of Cumbria sites across the county and a collaboration with Cumbria colleges, serving the defence nuclear sector.

£7.5m investment in the Northern Hub will include a virtual reality centre, including virtual laboratories and virtual engineering suite; radiation and chemistry laboratories; computer-equipped training rooms and a flexible learning/event space.