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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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The man behind Britain’s Energy Coast Campus...

WITH a 10-year track record of success in West Cumbria, Rob Rimmer’s career highlights include the £50m redevelopment of Workington Town Centre and major improvements to Maryport Harbour, including the £3m Wave Centre.
He now has a different but equally demanding role as director of Britain’s Energy Coast Campus Programme. A long title, which Rob sums up to be leading a local partnership of further and higher education and vocational training to make sure people get the skills they need for Britain’s Energy Coast.
CLARE KINRADE, meets the man himself to learn more...

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Rob Rimmer

Q. What is Britain’s Energy Coast Campus?

Britain’s Energy Coast Campus is an umbrella structure, including the key education and training providers in West Cumbria. This includes Lakes College, Gen II, Energus, University of Cumbria and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, with the universities of Central Lancashire, Lancaster and Manchester also involved.

Q. What will Britain’s Energy Coast Campus do?

We want to support Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria in developing a first class workforce with the right skills and expertise in the low-carbon and nuclear energy industries. So our vision is to integrate the local delivery of quality further and higher education and vocational training in the best facilities and have 2,000 more people in training in West Cumbria by 2016.

Q. What type of learning is being delivered through Britain’s Energy Coast Campus?

Since November, the University of Cumbria has helped 73 local businesses with training and development for 169 managers, through its facilities at Energus. Already since its opening last year, Energus has a reputation in vocational training for the nuclear industry and now hosts the Centre of Leadership Performance, creating skilled managers. Lakes College has plans to develop training in the latest low carbon techniques and the University of Central Lancashire has expanded its Samuel Lindow facility at West Lakes Science Park. It will soon be joined by a nuclear research team from the University of Manchester. The University of Cumbria provides medical training at West Cumberland Hospital, which will be developed as part of the hospital redevelopment to become the first phase of a health campus.

Q. What’s next for Britain’s Energy Coast Campus?

The Centre for Leadership Performance will be officially launched by Nuclear Management Partners at Energus in June this year. We need the best manager and leaders to be able to lead Britain’s Energy Coast and they can be trained right here in West Cumbria.

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