New National College for Nuclear in Somerset reaches important stage

Posted 2 years ago


The National College for Nuclear (NCfN) is dedicated to supporting the specialist training needs of the nuclear industry. The new facilities in Cannington will act as a hub for nuclear training across the south of the country, supporting both civil and defense nuclear industries from new build to decommissioning. Its location will inevitably mean that it will play a key role in supporting the training requirements of Hinkley Point C.

Builders have historically held a ceremony once a building is watertight to wish it good luck.

Steve Rosewell, Operational Director for construction firm The Midas Group was joined by Andy Berry, the new Principal and Chief Executive of Bridgwater & Taunton College, to lay a yew tree sprig within the building, a key part of the topping out ceremony.

The National College for Nuclear (NCfN) Southern Hub is a £10.5m scheme being built at Bridgwater & Taunton College's Cannington campus. The Northern Hub of the NCfN, is being built in Workington, Cumbria. The NCfN will develop the UK's nuclear curriculum, designing new qualifications and training courses that are attractive to learners and meet specific industry needs and it is envisaged that it will train more than 7,000 people by 2020.

The NCfN Southern Hub, is due to welcome its first students in January 2018. Andy Berry, Principal and Chief Executive of Bridgwater & Taunton College, said, “The College is committed to working with employers to develop demand-led training that brings benefit to people and businesses within our community. The Southern Hub of the National College for Nuclear is a natural extension of our work within this important sector and we are looking forward to a successful opening in January 2018.”

The hubs are funded by £15m from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with additional finance for the Southern Hub coming from the Heart of the South West LEP and Bridgwater & Taunton College.