Nicola has been supporting the Culham Science Centre, not only as an important local employer but also a site of national and international significance particularly as we begin the process of withdrawing from the European Union. Leaving the EU also means leaving the European Atomic Energy Community, Euratom, and therefore the future of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy which hosts the JET project has been in question.
Nicola has been working alongside fellow Oxfordshire MPs to ensure this issue is at the top of the Government’s agenda as we begin negotiations, and also liaising with key stakeholders from across the science and nuclear research community. See here for her full statement on Brexit and Euratom.
Nicola has visited Culham to catch up with Chief Operating Officer, David Martin, and representatives from OAS partners, JTL Training and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Culham are working with the Department for Exiting the EU now that Article 50 has been triggered to ensure we protect vital research projects such as that underway at Culham.
Nicola also looked around the new Oxford Advanced Skills apprenticeship training centre on site, which enables Oxfordshire businesses to offer young people hi-tech and engineering apprenticeships of the highest quality. Nicola was pleased to meet staff and apprentices to hear about the employer-led training on offer and opportunities for young people to further upskill.
Nicola says: Research underway at Culham is helping to ensure the UK stays at the forefront of scientific research, making us a science superpower to be reckoned with, that’s why I am continuing to make representations to Ministers about the future of the JET project.
Seeing the apprenticeship training underway at the OAS centre highlights just how important it is that we equip younger generations with the skills they need to contribute to Oxfordshire’s thriving knowlege economy.