Work to build a multi-million-pound centre to train the next generation of nuclear workers is due to start within weeks.
The new National College for Nuclear at Lillyhall, near Workington, is expected to open in September 2017.
The hi-tech facility, to be built at the Lakes College site, will offer courses designed by employers for a range of highly specialised careers in the nuclear sector.
Chris Nattress, principal at Lakes College, said: "It puts us on a national and international footing to generate opportunities for people in West Cumbria.
"It’s fantastic for the county and provides us with a very reassuring, long-term future.”
The facility is one of two recently announced by the Government in a £15 million scheme, with the second to be built in Somerset.
The target is to train more than 7,000 learners at the two centres by 2020.