New BAE Systems training centre welcomed
21 February 2017 News
The deputy principal for curriculum and quality at Furness College has welcomed the new £25million training facility at BAE Systems Submarines as a positive step for students and for the town.
Mark Nicholson said the central training facility will ensure students will benefit from further skills training once they have completed their college courses.
Mr Nicholson said the college will continue to work in partnership with BAE Systems to deliver apprenticeship training with the students going on to learn company-specific skills in the new centre.
“This new centre will provide seamless progression for college students as they move through their apprenticeship into their careers with BAE Systems,” he said.
“The facility will complement what we have here, apprentices will continue to come to Channelside for their training. This is a once in a lifetime investment in skills with £50million invested at Furness College and £25million by BAE Systems.
“This is good news for the town and for future employment prospects for local people.”
Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines Tony Johns described the ‘great service’ offered at the Channelside campus in academic education and skills training.
“The design and build of a nuclear powered submarine is one of the world’s most complex and technically demanding engineering challenges. It’s vital we have the right people with the right skills to deliver these programmes,” he said.
“This investment underlines our commitment to the future. The new facility will provide a modern learning environment to supplement the training our apprentices already receive.”
At nearly 8,000m2, the new Central Training Facility will provide a bespoke learning environment for the almost 1,000 craft and technical apprentices that are currently in training. These include those in mechanical, steelwork and electrical disciplines. It will also serve as a training centre for its wider workforce.
Photo caption: The Right Honourable Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, visited BAE Systems Submarines where he met apprentices and learnt about the new training facility.