Midas to start work on new £6.2m National College for Nuclear in Somerset

Midas Construction has started work on the southern hub of the National College for Nuclear (NCfN) in Somerset.

Dedicated to supporting the specialist training needs of the nuclear industry, the £6.2 million scheme is being built at Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Cannington Centre.

It will support the training requirements of the nearby Hinkley Point power station and is expected to welcome its first students later this year.

The northern hub of the NCfN, which is being built in Workington, Cumbria, will develop the UK’s nuclear curriculum, designing new qualifications and training courses that are attractive to learners and meet specific industry needs, it is envisaged that it will train more than 7,000 people by 2020.

The hubs will be funded by £15 million 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.

When complete, the southern hub will feature a pair of new buildings connected with an enclosed link bridge, with one building housing a two-storey training centre and the second a two-storey welfare and recreation facility.

Alan Hope, chief executive of The Midas Group said: “The need to develop a skilled workforce and supply chain to support the development of Hinkley has been rightly recognised as of huge importance to the long term success of the project itself and the wider regional economy.

“So, we are delighted and very proud to be delivering this flagship scheme which will bring through a new generation of highly skilled people, trained here in Somerset, and working at one of the biggest projects the UK has embarked on for many years.”

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