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New Construction Skills Centre opens in Cumbria

The new Britain's Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre in Cumbria is set to open for business this week.

Located at Lakes College in Lillyhall near Workington, the £7 million development has been designed to help young people in West Cumbria develop the skills to pursue a career in the construction industry.

The opening event on Thursday (June 20th) will include speeches by former swimming champion Mark Foster and Cumbrian broadcaster and author Eric Robson, the North-West Evening Mail reports.

Chairman of Britain's Energy Coast Brian Wilson, Tom Zarges, chairman of Nuclear Management Partners, and Stephen Henwood, chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, will perform the official opening.

Speaking earlier this year, David Jones of Britain's Energy Coast described the centre as "a flagship development for West Cumbria".

He added that it is "a symbol of our commitment to help ensure young people in the area are equipped with the necessary skills to seize opportunities to work on the wide range of construction projects set to take place in the coming years".

The building, which was completed on budget and ahead of schedule in March, will become fully operational when the new academic year begins in September. 

About 280 trainees will be taken on at the site each year, learning skills such as electrical installation, plumbing, brickwork and joinery, as well as courses based around renewable energy.

The design of the centre incorporates the latest in renewable and sustainable technology, with heat recovery systems and photovoltaic solar panels to produce electricity. Low-energy light fittings with daylight sensors have also been installed, while systems are in place to recycle rain water.

Established in 2009, Britain's Energy Coast is a public-private partnership with the aim of transforming the West Cumbria region into a "diverse, resilient and low carbon economy". 

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