Latest News | 8 August 2022

Rolls-Royce nuclear academy set to welcome first apprentices

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A new academy dedicated to nuclear training in Derby is set to welcome its first cohort of apprentices.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce announced plans to open a dedicated Nuclear Skills Academy at the iHub Innovation Centre, on Infinity Park, as part of its efforts to boost nuclear capability in the UK.

The engineering giant will introduce an extra 200 apprenticeships each year for at least the next 10 years to create a pipeline for nurturing talent.

The iHub, which is owned by Derby City Council and managed by Connect Derby, is to be re-purposed in time to open its doors next month for new apprentices.

There has been strong interest in the apprenticeships, with more than 1,200 applications for the initial 200 places. Offers have been made to over 180 people.

Councillor Chris Poulter, leader of the city council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the people of Derby.

“A skills academy can also support key employers in the city and help to secure future talent for decades into the future.”

Led by the University of Derby, the new apprenticeships will range from technician to advanced degree level.

The Nuclear Skills Academy will be supported by industry and education experts, including from the Nuclear AMRC, which is currently building a new £15 million research facility on Infinity Park.

The new apprentices will provide a regular flow of new nuclear expertise to support Rolls-Royce’s commitments to the UK submarines programme.

For 60 years, Rolls-Royce has provided the power for all the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarines from its base in Raynesway, Derby.

Its work ensures submariners have the power to protect the UK’s interests at home and further afield.

At a meeting of the city council’s cabinet this week, members were asked to note negotiations to finalise a partial take-up of the iHub in September for the first-year intake, working towards a full lease in 2023.

Meanwhile, the council is working with existing iHub office tenants to manage their move to other provision within the Connect Derby estate and to find alternative premises for current workshop tenants.

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