Redcar and Cleveland College to offer fracking courses

Gary Groom, principal of Redcar and Cleveland College Image copyright Redcar and Cleveland College
Image caption Principal Gary Groom said the college would be at the "heart of international specialist training"

A Teesside college is to become part of a national training centre for the fracking industry.

It follows an announcement by the business and energy minister and United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), the body which represents the industry.

Redcar and Cleveland College will offer specialist training and qualifications to students.

It is already working with Tees Valley Unlimited to create a new £7.4m oil and gas academy on its campus.

Courses will include drilling, pipeline engineering, geology and geophysics.

'Big boost'

Gary Groom, principal of Redcar and Cleveland College, said: "It will put [the college] at the heart of international specialist training and has the potential to have a huge impact on the Tees Valley economy and the wider region.

"We will be providing specialist training to workers currently in the sector and the next generation, enabling people to gain higher level qualifications, which will boost their job prospects and earning power and will help to fill the growing skills gap."

Redcar MP Ian Swales said: "Our area already has expertise and attracts students from as far as Africa and the Middle East.

"The major investment in Redcar will provide top class opportunities for local people and a big boost to the local economy."

The national college's main hub will be at Blackpool and The Fylde College, and Redcar will be one of its "spokes", along with along with others in Chester, Glasgow and Portsmouth.

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