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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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New windfarm could have teaching spin-off claims Lakes College boss

Plans for a new windfarm in west Cumbria have been formally backed by Lakes College.

Cath Richardson photo
Cath Richardson

The planned Weddicar Rigg six turbine farm, near Whitehaven, would create 50 new jobs and at least 15 apprenticeships.

Cath Richardson, college principal, has supported the planning application by Banks Renewables, which wants to erect the turbines.

Ms Richardson, in a statement of support to Copeland council, which will decide on the scheme, said that the scheme would provide funding to support the development of a community apprenticeship scheme.

She said: “The wind farm could also offer support for our teaching programme, providing access to planners, developers and work on construction sites.”

It would enhance aspects of the college’s curriculum delivery and its student experience.

“It could also offer significant opportunities in terms of skills development and employment for both our local young people, particularly those not currently in employment, education or training, and adult unemployed residents within our communities,” she said.

It fitted in with key strategic priorities of the college in terms of regeneration and opportunities.

The turbines would create energy to supply 9,500 homes.

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