Metalcraft joins NAMRC

Metalcraft invests in nuclear engineering skills

Cambridgeshire manufacturer Stainless Metalcraft – part of Avingtrans PLC’s Energy and Medical division – has become a member of the National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing.

The Chatteris-based business, which is home to the Fenland Engineering Skills Centre – designs, manufactures and installs components for a variety of high performance industries including the oil & gas, nuclear, medical and big science sectors.

Currently taking part in the Government’s Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme, it fabricates pressure vessels, tanks and heat exchangers for nuclear reprocessing and new reactor builds as well as developing intermediate level waste (ILW) boxes, containers and drums for the nuclear decommissioning sector.

Austen Adams, managing director of Avingtrans’ Energy and Medical division, said: “Investing in the skills of our workforce is a key part of our business strategy.

“The nuclear power sector is undergoing something of a renaissance in the UK and joining the National Skills Academy – Nuclear Manufacturing, will help ensure our people have the skills and expertise we require to make the most of opportunities throughout the nuclear supply chain.”

The National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing brings together the strengths of The National Skills Academy for Nuclear; Semta, which is the sector skills council for the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors; and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, in an innovative, new partnership.

An employer-led membership organisation, it provides support for businesses looking to develop workforce skills throughout the sector, as well as providing a non-competitive forum for companies, training providers and other key stakeholders to work together.

Dawn Vinall, business development manager at National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing, visited Stainless Metalcraft to present the company with a membership plaque.

She commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Stainless Metalcraft as an Employer member of the National Skills Academy.

“It’s estimated that the building of new nuclear plants will require an average of 10,000 more workers each year until 2025, of which an estimated 1,000 additional workers per year will be required in the manufacturing supply chain.

“As home to the Fenland Engineering Skills Centre, Stainless Metalcraft already enjoys an excellent reputation for investing in the training and skills of its people and I’m confident we can help the business develop the specific skills it needs to maximise growth opportunities in the nuclear manufacturing sector.”

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