Thursday November 13th 2014
The city of Blackpool is to become home to a new £1.5m National College for oil and gas which will train experts and engineers for the entire onshore industry.
Business and Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock, announced that Blackpool and The Fylde College is set to expand to accommodate the headquarters of the new energy college. The college will come complete with facilities, including a drill simulator and emergency control simulator.
The new college will be jointly funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DfB) and the onshore oil and gas industry.
Mr. Hancock said: “Shale gas is an enormous opportunity for the UK and one that we simply can’t afford to miss out on.
“Families, villages and towns across the UK could benefit from this new industry and its supply chain which could create 64,500 jobs.
“That’s why we are investing in the people behind the projects.”
The National College will offer qualifications and career opportunities for the next generation of engineers and specialists for onshore oil and gas.
Mr. Hancock added:
“Only by arming people with the skills they need to be shale specialists can we provide career opportunities for thousands of young people, boost the power and competitiveness of our firms and help the UK economy remain strong and competitive.”
Principal and Chief Executive at Blackpool and The Fylde College, Bev Robinson, welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is very positive news for Blackpool, the Fylde coast and the whole of Lancashire. We are delighted to be able to contribute to the country’s energy industry and ultimately production capacity.”