BAE Systems Submarines has invested £25m for the development of a new apprentice training facility in the UK.

The new central training facility be built in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and will help nurture the skills needed to address complex engineering challenges. The same town is also home to the country’s submarine design and build headquarters.

UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon 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 and help modernise our fleet of nuclear submarines.”

The central training building will cover an area of 8,000m² and provide apprentices with an effective learning environment. It will also function as a training centre for the wider workforce.

"The investment will ensure we have people with the skills necessary to deliver one of the most complex programmes in the world and help modernise our fleet."

Training for an estimated 1,000 craft and technical apprentices belonging to the mechanical, steelwork and electrical disciplines will be offered at the facility.

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BAE Systems Submarines managing director Tony Johns 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, and the new facility will provide a modern learning environment to supplement the training our apprentices already receive.”

Construction work on the facility is already underway, and the new training centre is scheduled for opening next year. It is slated to include classrooms, offices, craft workshops, a teaching block and other welfare facilities.

Image: BAE Systems Submarines’ new central apprentice training facility in the UK. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.