Babcock launches Skills Academy to provide training for more than 12,000 over next 8 years.


  • Skills Academy will provide training for more than 12,000 Babcock employees over the next eight years.
  • Combination of cutting-edge digital resources and hands on training
  • Initially launching in Devonport, with a focus on submarine and nuclear skills, the Skills Academy will be expanded across Babcock’s naval nuclear activity and

The Skills Academy uses a hybrid teaching model, that combines cutting-edge digital resources and hands on training, to rapidly get Babcock’s people ready to deliver the critical capabilities its customers need. Open to all employees and new recruits, the Skills Academy will operate in partnership with local education establishments and complements Babcock’s award-winning early careers programmes.

Initially launching at its Devonport facility, with a focus on submarines and critical nuclear skills, the Skills Academy’s training facilities enable learning of the complex skills required to perform deep submarine maintenance.

Dominic Kieran, Babcock Chief Executive Nuclear, said, “With the largest nuclear qualified workforce in the UK, and our vast experience of supporting the UK submarine enterprise across the submarine lifecycle, we are uniquely placed to apply this extensive knowledge to our training programmes and deliver the pipeline of talent required now and in the future.

Following the Babcock Skills Academy launch at Devonport, the programme will then be deployed further across Babcock’s naval nuclear activity and beyond.


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