THE next generation of shale gas workers will be trained in the North-East, college bosses have revealed.
Redcar and Cleveland College (RCC) says it will act as a national hub to nurture engineers for fracking.
The move is part of Government plans to create a National Centre for Oil and Gas, aimed at targeting the shale gas market, which ministers say could create more than 60,000 supply chain jobs.
The technique of targeting shale gas, which is known as fracking, drills into rock to fracture it with high pressure liquid to extract gas.
However, the Government has been accused by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) of overhyping fracking’s benefits.
The National College move came as RCC revealed plans for a £7.4m oil and gas training academy, which has received support from Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership, the industry and Teesside University.