A major training facility in Barrow is celebrating its first birthday.

BAE Systems' £25m Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge official opened last December.

Since then it has provided thousands of hours in training, both to apprentices and the company's broader workforce.

Academy Principal Janet Garner said: "The Submarines Academy is playing a key role in helping to lay foundations for the future of our shipyard by changing the way we develop our future workforce in our early careers community. They are the lifeblood of our business.

"Alongside that, upskilling our current workforce means the committed and talented people we employ are equipped to tackle the ongoing challenges of submarine design and manufacture."

Five submarines are currently being built at Barrow; the four remaining Astute-class hunter-killer submarines and the Dreadnought, which will carry the UK's nuclear deterrent.

The academy delivers a range of training, from mechanical and electrical skills to design and project management.

It also includes facilities such as the virtual reality training suite which allows employees to hone their skills on a virtual submarine, before working on the real product.

To mark the occasion a time capsule was buried outside the facility.

It contains postcards written by staff about their current roles and paintings by local schoolchildren depicting what they expect submarines to look like in 25 years.

The capsule is due to be opened in 2043.