Gen2 set to build training centre for 500 apprentices in Cumbria

Gen2, a nuclear training firm based in Cumbria, has announced that it will build a state-of-the art training centre in Workington to help bring an additional 500 apprentices to its team.


World-class facility

Founded in 2000, Gen2 specialises in training and providing engineering, manufacturing and energy environment staff to Britain’s growing workforce.

The multi-million pound investment will establish a new world-class facility, located adjacent to Gen2’s current operations at the Energus building and the recently opened Energy Coast UTC, on the Lillyhall Business Park in Workington. The centre will provide apprenticeships, traineeships and higher education programmes to hundreds of people every years.


”Vote of confidence in Gen2’s future”

The 7,000 sq. metre facility will include 3,000 sq. metres of cutting-edge engineering training workshops equipped with the latest specialist equipment and machinery, along with classrooms to accommodate an additional 500 learners.

Mike Smith OBE, chief executive officer of Ge2, is confident that the project will ‘‘see the creation of the largest engineering and advanced manufacturing training facility in the North West, if not the UK.’’

‘‘As our existing facilities on the Lillyhall Business Park have been at full capacity or some time, we’ve had to make some short-term arrangements for additional accommodation due to the increase in demand from employers and learner growth, which this year saw the opening of our Skills Centre on the Salterbeck Estate in Workington.’’

‘‘As such this should not only be seen as a vote of confidence in Gen2’s future, but the economic future of West Cumbria and the county as a whole,’’ continued the CEO.