Submarine skills for the future: £25m submarine academy opens in Barrow-in-Furness

December 6, 2018 – The Academy for Skills and Knowledge, at BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was officially opened today by the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson.

The state of the-art £25m training academy covers 89,340 sq. ft. and was built to develop the world-class engineering skills required to design, build and deliver complex submarine programs to the Royal Navy. Featuring classrooms, workshops, a virtual reality suite and scale-model sized submarine units, the academy will provide bespoke training to almost 9,000 employees including nearly 800 apprentices.


The Defence Secretary also used his visit to announce the award of a further £400m to BAE Systems for ongoing work on the Dreadnought program, as well as reveal the name of the second boat in the class, which will be HMS Valiant.

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, said: “The Dreadnought program is truly a national endeavor, employing some of the brightest engineers and scientists in this country.

“This new Academy for Skills and Knowledge is a vital part of this program as, alongside our industry partners, we strive to upskill and maintain the talented workforce building these state-of-the-art submarines.”