£76m training fund for nuclear industry

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Manufacturing companies are being urged to join a £76m training programme based in South Yorkshire which aims to help them win work in the civil nuclear industry.

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Catcliffe will run ‘Sharing in Growth’, a four-year course which covers new build, operations and decommissioning.

UK manufacturers of mechanical equipment will receive tailored training worth £1m each.

The programme - funded by the Government and industry - comes as Britain plans to build up to 16 gigawatts of new nuclear power stations within the next decade creating up to 40,000 new jobs. Around the world, some 65 reactor units are currently under construction and a total of 317 new reactors could come on line by 2030. The global decommissioning market is estimated to be worth £250 billion over the same period.

The Nuclear AMRC is part of the University of Sheffield and is led by Prof Keith Ridgway CBE.

He said: “The nuclear sector provides huge opportunities for UK manufacturing companies, and the Nuclear AMRC is dedicated to helping them become suppliers to the global nuclear industry.

“Sharing in Growth is a flagship programmeme which allows us and our industrial partners to work with the most promising suppliers, and prepare them to compete and succeed at home and worldwide. I would encourage any manufacturer who is serious about the sector to apply.”

Support provided under the Sharing in Growth programmeme will include shopfloor manufacturing improvement, process improvement, leadership development and specific nuclear sector knowledge. Support will continue for four years, ensuring that it delivers sustainable benefits.

To be considered for the first round, applications must be received by 10am, Monday 15 July. Companies can find out more about the programmeme and download an application form at: namrc.co.uk/work-with-us/sig