Blackpool energy centre fuels success at national awards

Published on 08/03/2021 by DTHACK

B&FC's Lancashire Energy HQ campus has made it to the finals of the 2021 UK Nuclear Skills Awards.

The engineering and manufacturing centre, on the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone, is one of just three finalists in the Best Employer and Provider Collaboration category. 

Lancashire Energy HQ has been nominated for its development of the Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with employers BAE Systems, Westinghouse Springfield Fuels and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. 

Candice Downie, Operations Manager at Lancashire Energy HQ, said: "We're delighted to have been recognised with our partners for our work in delivering training to the next generation of nuclear industry leaders. 

“This degree apprenticeship is proven to deliver high calibre engineers, which in turn is attracting others ambitious and talented students to the programme. 

"Our first-class facilities and support we offer to employer partners has been identified among a range of benefits for working with Lancashire Energy HQ and B&FC on higher and degree apprenticeship programmes." 

Development of the Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship curriculum was a co-collaboration between the HADA team at Lancashire Energy HQ, BAE Systems (Submarines) and Westinghouse Springfield Fuels. 

This apprenticeship is now in its 5th year. It's set for accreditation by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later in 2021. 

There are currently 50 nuclear apprentices on the programme. 

Our apprentices are no strangers to celebration, having won previous National Skills Academy for Nuclear awards and one apprentice achieving the highest employer distinction - the BAE Systems Chairman’s Award. 

Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Lancashire Energy HQ is up against Magnox Apprentice Recruitment and The Project Academy for Sellafield in the Best Employer and Provider Collaboration category. 

The winner will be announced Thursday March 25 at an online UK Nuclear Skills Awards ceremony. 

To find out more about courses offered by Lancashire Energy HQ, go to http://lancashireenergyhq.blackpool.ac.uk/ or call 01253 504343.