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Midas wins one of two government-backed nuclear colleges

Midas has won a contract to build one of the government’s two new nuclear colleges.

The contractor will deliver the project at Bridgwater College in Somerset as part of a government-backed scheme to deliver two National Colleges for the nuclear sector.

Under the scheme, the government will provide £15m of funding for two nuclear colleges in the UK, with Midas delivering one in Somerset and Seddon building the other in Workington, Cumbria.

Both colleges will train 7,000 people by 2020 and are backed by client Sellafield, which is decommissioning nuclear plants in Cumbria, and EDF Energy, which is developing Hinkley Point C.

It is understood that the Somerset college is worth around £6.2m, with completion set for 2017.

EDF has provided £3m of funding towards the nuclear college at Bridgwater, and will also invest £1.5m to develop a construction skills and innovation centre at the college, with the aim of providing a “one-stop-shop service” to meet Hinkley’s training needs.

The firm has also committed funding towards a partnership with Job Centre Plus to provide job placements to local people, both on Hinkley and at other local businesses.

The government’s funding for the nuclear college is part of a wider £80m commitment announced in May to open seven new National Colleges for Industry across several sectors.

The National College for High Speed Rail has already received £40m of funding from the government, with Willmott Dixon building a £22m centre in Doncaster and a £17m college in Birmingham.

Other colleges that have received funding are: the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas, located in Blackpool; the National College for Digital Skills, with two hubs in Tottenham Hale and Whitechapel; and the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries, located in Purfleet, Essex.

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