UK pledges £8m to train new nuclear engineers

The UK Government has pledged to invest £8 million to train the next generation of engineers and technicians for the nuclear industry. Business Secretary Vince Cable made the funding announcement, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK Government has pledged to invest £8 million to train the next generation of engineers and technicians for the nuclear industry.

Business Secretary Vince Cable made the funding announcement, which builds on the Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy – aimed at making sure Britain can benefit from the £930 million being invested in the sector in the next two decades.

The scheme will fund 320 apprenticeships, with 50 new ‘Electrical, Control and Instrumentation’ programme and another 270 for nuclear supply chain companies.

It will also pay for 100 traineeships for 16 to 19 year-olds, 60 summer school places – aimed at engineering undergraduates – and 720 STEM workshop places – a two-day course aimed at school years 10 and 11 to give them an insight into engineering and construction careers.

Mr Cable said: “Industry has told us they need more skilled workers for the nuclear sector so this £8 million will help guarantee the next generation of workers. This is part of our work to re-balance the economy, creating jobs across the UK.”