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Nuclear Skills Academy

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on the establishment of the Nuclear Skills Academy. (114651)

A proposal for a national skills academy covering the nuclear industry was among four proposals chosen by the employer-led selection panel from the second round of bids received in the summer of last year. The four successful bidders were announced on 31 October and invited to produce detailed business plans with the support of the Learning and Skills Council. Business planning commenced in November 2006 and it is hoped will be completed by May 2007. Only when a business plan is judged to meet the rigorous criteria set for national skills academies, including being able to demonstrate sponsorship from employers and good prospects for sustainability, is an academy recommended for approval by Ministers.