Hartlepool college to provide nuclear workforce of future

FANTASTIC NEWS: Hartlepool College of Further Education assistant principal Andrew Steel.
FANTASTIC NEWS: Hartlepool College of Further Education assistant principal Andrew Steel.

A COLLEGE in Hartlepool has been chosen to provide the nuclear workforce for the future.

The College of Further Education has been named as a key partner in the Nuclear Industrial Partnership (Nuclear IP) which was launched at The House of Lords to address potential future shortfalls of workers within the sector.

Assistant principal Andy Steel said: “This is a fantastic endorsement for the investment we have put into these skill areas for the past few years, working with some of the region’s major firms involved in the nuclear sector such as EDF and Darchem.

“As part of the Nuclear IP, we are at the forefront of providing individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to work for the nuclear industry and its supply chain.”

The partnership has an aim of creating a high quality workforce to support the nuclear sector. It has been funded for two years by the Government and various employers.

Hartlepool College will work with schools to raise awareness of nuclear engineering as a career.

It will also hold specific courses to give school-0leavers the skills they need to go into the nuclear industry.

It will also work with graduates, provide summer schools and help people get qualifications which are specific to the industry.

Zoe Whittington, NIP project manager, said: “Future skills shortages are anticipated in the nuclear sector and, with high retirement rates expected by 2015, there is not only the challenge of the demand for replacement labour but a significant loss of experience and expertise.”