Enthusiastic response to plans for a nuclear college via The West County

PLANS for a new elite college which could be built in West Somerset – jointly funded by the Government and nuclear industry – have been welcomed.

Last week, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills announced plans to support high level technical skills in the growing nuclear industry.

The location for the new college is currently unknown but Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council and West Somerset College have all expressed interest.

Matthew Hancock, the Skills and Enterprise Minister, set out the plans to help with the shortage in skills.

Mr Hancock said: “A new generation of industry-led elite colleges will give our workforce the right skills to lead the way in both nuclear and software.

“The growing nuclear sector offers vital opportunities for highly skilled workers and we must make sure that the UK is at the forefront of this growing industry.”

An elite college would provide skilled labour to meet needs for more engineers, nuclear power and software design.

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