BAE Systems Announces New Submarine Construction Training Facility

Image: BAE Systems Submarines

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for
Defence, visited BAE Systems Submarines today where he learnt
about the Company's £25m investment in a new apprentice training

The Company's site, in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, is home to the
UK's submarine design and build capability and the new facility
will help nurture the unique skills required to deliver one of
the world's most complex engineering challenges.

BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the Astute programme and
the lead industrial partner in the Dreadnought programme, which
is a new class of submarines to replace the Vanguard class.

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.

Work has already started to construct the new building, which is
due to open next year. It will include a teaching block,
classrooms, offices, craft workshops and welfare facilities.

Sir Michael said: "This investment demonstrates the benefits that
our growing defence budget brings for highly skilled jobs in the
North West and across the country.

"It will ensure we have people with the skills necessary to
deliver one of the most complex programmes in the world that will
help modernise our fleet of nuclear submarines."

Tony Johns, Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines, said:
"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. 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."

The new building has been designed by McBain Cooper and will be
built by Wates Construction - the Company which recently
completed the design and build of BAE Systems' off-site logistics
facility, named the Resolution Building.

Feb 20, 2017

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