The NMP socio-economic programme has delivered impact in a challenging macro-economic environment. It has leveraged significant external funding and projects that it has supported are making a real and visible difference.
Under the ownership of NMP, the number of apprentices joining Sellafield has more than trebled to 200 this year, reflecting NMP’s commitment to developing West Cumbria’s next generation of nuclear workers.
NMP committed early to work with the NDA on the development of the Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) Master Plan by signing a Partners’ Charter and joining with Sellafield Ltd and the NDA to fund the BEC. NMP has actively participated in the BEC Board and development of the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Since 2008 NMP has invested more than £25m in economic and community programmes, levering over £30m of match funding. That support has funded activity that underpins the potential for West Cumbria to be a Centre of Nuclear Excellence including: Britain’s Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre (£4m); Summergrove accommodation; Albion Square (£5.34m); Pillar House (£2.25m); Port of Workington (£4m) and the funding of a Project Manager for CONE.
As well as supporting major economic and infrastructure projects NMP has also invested in making a difference for people living in West Cumbria. The NMP Community Fund, delivered through the Cumbria Community Foundation, has seen over 55,000 local people benefit directly through community, advice, crisis support, education, sport and culture projects. NMP is also the long term sponsor of the Whitehaven Festivals, bringing around £4m extra into the local economy and attracting over 330,000 visitors.
The impact of NMP’s socio-economic activity has been supplemented by that of the individual parents URS, Amec Foster Wheeler and AREVA. Their commitment to West Cumbria is evident for example through the relocation of NMP and URS to the newly refurbished Old Town Hall. Amec Foster Wheeler’s significant employment of local people and AREVA’s new office in West Lakes Science and Technology Park.