Trudy Harrison MP: Over the next decade, the nuclear industry in the UK has the potential to present 100,000 employment opportunities. The construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, Wylfa Newydd in Wales, and Moorside in Cumbria will create 50,000 jobs and 3,000 permanent roles. On top of this, worldwide investment in the nuclear industry is set to hit £930bn in the next 20 years. All this suggests a positive economic future and opportunity to combat the unemployment rate in the UK. But here is the problem: our nuclear workforce is ageing and the expertise of that workforce is in decommissioning not constructing. Of the 16,000-people employed by the nuclear industry in Cumbria, 14,707 are from my constituency of Copeland. The construction of Moorside alone will introduce 20,000 employment opportunities, so this issue is particularly key to the people in my area. Within my constituency, the National College for Nuclear (NCfN) has opened a northern hub based at Lakes College. The NCfN defines itself as “a partnership between industry, national regulators, skills bodies and training providers” and aims to revolutionise the way training is delivered while maintaining the UK’s global reputation for “top quality, safe, reliable civil and defence operations” with a top system and workforce.
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