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£10m Lancashire Energy HQ given green light

Blackpool and the Fylde College has been given the go ahead to build a flagship training centre for the energy sector within the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

Blackpool and the Fylde College has been given the go ahead to build a training centre for the energy sector within the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

It is hoped that the new college will become a national centre of excellence, providing the technical skills, knowledge and training required by the energy sector.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has provided £6.2 million towards the £9.8 million project, with construction expected to start in summer 2016.

Renewable energy

Daryl Platt, executive director of commercial development at Blackpool and the Fylde College, said: “This is great news for Lancashire and the industries we will be supporting. Our aim is to provide a cutting-edge learning environment producing job-ready students who are highly skilled in advanced engineering, technology and energy solutions.

“The college already has a proven reputation in this field. Fleetwood Nautical Campus has more than 20 years of experience working with both on- and off-shore energy sectors. The Lancashire Energy HQ will build on this, adding green and renewable energy technology to the provision offered.”

‘World leader’

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, director of the Lancashire Skills Hub, added: “The Lancashire Energy HQ, at the heart of a Blackpool Enterprise Zone specialising in energy, is an important part of the LEP's ambitious strategic programme to transform Lancashire's economy, growing it by £3 billion and creating tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade.

“Lancashire is already a world leader in the energy sector and there is huge potential for further development. The energy hub will train the skilled workforce this sector needs which, in turn, will encourage energy firms to invest in Blackpool and Lancashire as a whole.

“This is only one of a number of high quality training facilities the LEP is funding in the county, which will boost the job prospects of thousands of local people and ensure we have the skilled workforce we need to fuel economic growth.”

The centre will be built on the site of the existing Blackpool Airport terminal building, which will be demolished and rebuilt closer to the runway.