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Bridgwater & Taunton College is the principal delivery arm of the Southern Hub, supported by its Energy Skills and Advanced Engineering Centres, the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre at Cannington, University Centre Somerset in Taunton, the South West Nuclear Hub for research and innovation at Bristol University, Nuclear South West in Bristol, set up to help businesses maximise the opportunities arising from the nuclear new build programme, and Campus – EDF’s unique national training centre at Cannington.

An introduction to NCfN

National College for Nuclear is one of five National Colleges, delivering high-level technical training to thousands of learners across England. 

The £15m capital investment is now providing a state-of-the-art nuclear training facility, including a virtual reality environment, a reactor simulator and computer-equipped training rooms; recreation and collaboration space; sports facilities and student accommodation.

The UK Government is prioritising skills training for the nuclear sector with the creation of the flagship National College for Nuclear (NCfN).

NCfN has developed and is delivering the UK's nuclear curriculum, designing new qualifications and training courses that are attractive to learners and meet the demand for highly-skilled workers in the nuclear sector. It also offers courses designed by employers for a range of highly-specialised careers. Sellafield Ltd and EDF Energy have led industry input into the nuclear college, working alongside Lakes and Bridgwater & Taunton Colleges, plus higher education providers, University of Cumbria, University of Bristol and University Centre Somerset.

What’s special about NCfN?

At the heart of the National College for Nuclear is a commitment to collaborate with industry, bringing together our expertise and ensuring it is embedded at every stage of our training and education, so learners are fully-equipped for jobs and skills needs.

Our approach to training and teaching delivery is hands-on and innovative. Such immersion in practical assignments is the key to success in a training context. Augmented by technical instruction and academic assessment, the result is technical professionals who are accustomed to industry processes, protocols and behaviours.

Set across two hubs (one in Somerset and one in Cumbria) NCfN Southern Hub is a state-of-the-art nuclear training facility which includes a virtual reality environment, a reactor simulator, computer-equipped training rooms, recreation and collaboration space, as well as sports facilities and accommodation.

  • NCfN demonstrates the UK's commitment to placing nuclear at the heart of its industrial strategy for the 21st century
  • At NCfN, through innovation and collaboration with industry, we deliver high-level technical training and qualifications to ensure career and skills development is relevant and supports economic growth
  • All of NCfN's training programmes and qualifications are designed to meet the needs of the industry

Whether it's an entry-level programme for a school leaver, Apprenticeship, professional development course or degree-level qualification, our learners are well-prepared for the workplace.

A new way of learning

The nuclear industry is expected to need possibly 100,000 new employees over the next decade. NCfN's high-level nuclear curriculum, range of qualifications and progression routes to jobs, underpin this predicted growth.

Our approach to training and teaching delivery is hands-on and innovative. Practical experience helps employees develop the high standards of human performance that are of such critical importance in the nuclear sector, and our virtual reality simulators replicate the nuclear environment, meaning learners gain real-world experience, working on a series of live projects, in a safe way.

The Southern Hub's two-way flow rig will use physical, virtual and augmented reality technology to create a learning environment that replicates the licenced nuclear workplace as closely as possible, enabling specialist technical operations and industry behaviours to be trialled, rehearsed and perfected in a safe and risk-free setting, creating a highly-trained, professional, technical workforce for the Nuclear sector.



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Nuclear Energy
Level 3 ECITB Gateway Integrated Diploma in Nuclear Engineering & Science
Delivered by Bridgwater & Taunton College in partnership with National College for Nuclear (Southern Hub). The Access to Nuclear Engineering & Science course will give you the experience, skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the Nuclear Energy sector, career progression or to access Apprenticeships.
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Applied Science (Nuclear) Extended Diploma Level 3
Physical science sits at the heart of the energy sector. This course will introduce you to the physical world that surrounds you, developing your skills, knowledge and application of chemistry, environmental science and physics.
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