CITB-ConstructionSkills will plough £2 million into the UK’s New Nuclear Build Programme, which starts with Hinkley Point C.
James Wates, chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board, confirmed the funding after meeting with with ministers and fellow members of the Nuclear Energy Skills Alliance (NESA).
He said funding would support the industry “to meet the skills challenges of the programme head on, and ensure the supply chain was ready for the task ahead”.
CITB-ConstructionSkills is now calling on other partners involved in the New Nuclear Build Programme to also invest funding into skills.
Under the programme, the first of which is Hinkley Point C, eight new nuclear reactors will be constructed, “each made with enough concrete to fill the Empire State Building”.
Nearly 25,000 workers will be needed to complete each project, 60 per cent of whom will come from the construction industry.
Mr Wates said: “The challenge demands a step change in leadership and supervision skills and an even more demanding health and safety culture. This is a superb opportunity for the UK construction sector and we’re pleased to help ensure that our workforce can grab that opportunity.”
Skills Minister John Hayes said: “The Nuclear Build programme will lead to substantial growth in the UK construction industry creating thousands of new jobs. We welcome this investment by CITB – ConstructionSkills to ensure that we develop a highly skilled workforce to meet this challenge.
The three groups also set out an action plan to mitigate against any skills gaps which could derail the NNB programme.
The action plan includes:
· Sharing intelligence about future skills needs, challenges, and issues
· Working as a group to define and maintain a comprehensive and integrated solutions that individual partners take ownership of
· Working together to create a picture of anticipated future demand, taking into account the relationship with non-nuclear energy and other infrastructure projects by sharing labour market intelligence