28 June 2017

National College for Nuclear reaches important stage

Construction workers at the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub at Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Cannington Campus in Somerset were joined by local dignitaries to mark the official topping out of the new building.

The National College for Nuclear (NCfN) is dedicated to supporting the specialist training needs of the nuclear industry.  The new facilities in Cannington will act as a hub for nuclear training across the south of the country, supporting both civil and defense nuclear industries from new build to decommissioning.  Its location will inevitably mean that it will play a key role in supporting the training requirements of Hinkley Point C.

(Click to watch the video of the topping out ceremony and interviews - 1.20min)

Builders have historically held a ceremony once a building is watertight to wish it good luck.
Steve Rosewell, Operational Director for construction firm The Midas Group was joined by Andy Berry, the new Principal and Chief Executive of Bridgwater & Taunton College, to lay a yew tree sprig within the building, a key part of the topping out ceremony.
The National College for Nuclear (NCfN) Southern Hub is a £10.5m scheme being built at Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Cannington Campus. The northern hub of the NCfN, is being built in Workington, Cumbria.  The NCfN will develop the UK’s nuclear curriculum, designing new qualifications and training courses that are attractive to learners and meet specific industry needs and it is envisaged that it will train more than 7,000 people by 2020.
The NCfN Southern Hub, is due to welcome its first students in January 2018.
Steve Rosewell, Operational Director for Midas Construction, part of The Midas Group said: “Midas is delighted and very proud to be joined by the site team and stakeholders to mark this important stage in the build. Through delivering this flagship scheme, a new generation of highly skilled people will be trained here in Somerset and many will work at one of the biggest projects the UK has embarked on for many years.”

Andy Berry, Principal and Chief Executive of Bridgwater & Taunton College, added, “The College is committed to working with employers to develop demand led training that brings benefit to people and businesses within our community.  The Southern Hub of the National College for Nuclear is a natural extension of our work within this important sector and we are looking forward to a successful opening in January 2018”

The hubs are funded by £15m from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with additional finance for the southern hub coming from the Heart of the South West LEP and Bridgwater & Taunton College.


1. Andy Berry (right) shakes hands with Midas project manager Peter Graham

2. (L-R) David Harper, Head of Projects; Jenny Ashworth, Assistant Principal for A Levels Professional and Arts; Andy Berry, Principal; Jason Gunningham, Assistant Principal for Landbased Business and Sport; Mark Livingstone, College Support Team Supervisor, Cannington Campus.

3. A CGI of how the new College will look once completed

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