Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, explains the value to the nuclear industry of vocationally-focused training provided by University Technical Colleges (UTCs). She outlines their role in developing a pipeline for apprenticeships and a future workforce. If your children are interested in a nuclear career, then find out more about what UTCs offer. Suppliers in the nuclear industry might also want to find out how they can support UTCs so that they benefit from skilled workers in the future, and play their part in ensuring that education helps support young people to be ready for the world of work.
Ron Gorham, NDA's Head of Supply Chain Optimisation, reminds suppliers that there’s still time to consider submitting an application for one of our annual awards.....and showcase work and achievements at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event in November.
Doug Cragg, part of the NDA’s Strategy Team, recounts attending an inspirational conference for young nuclear professionals in Manchester earlier this year, along with colleague Arun Khuttan.
On International Women in Engineering Day, Alyson Armett, a chartered electrical engineer and physicist, talks about how she transferred her engineering skills and experience from different industries to work in nuclear decommissioning.
NDA Research Manager Rick Short reflects on a two-day technical conference that brought together 100-plus industry representatives, PhD researchers, academics from the UK and overseas scientists – all committed to shedding new light on some long-standing complexities associated with nuclear decommissioning.
Joe Orrell’s company Red Engineering Ltd are exploring how their global experience in a range of industries can be applied to challenges in nuclear decommissioning. Last year, he exhibited in the innovation zone at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, and more recently he’s been looking into bidding as part of a consortium, for a share of £3 million innovation funding available for research projects.
The funding is being made available through the Integrated Innovation in Nuclear Decommissioning competition run by the NDA and Innovate UK via a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).
Beccy Pleasant, NDA's Head of Talent and Skills, celebrates the value of apprenticeships across the UK and highlights imminent reforms for employers. She describes how schemes are helping more apprentices gain placements in the supply chain for nuclear decommissioning. A long-running scheme, funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in Cumbria is developing valuable business administration skills for those taking their first career steps in the nuclear industry.
Arun Khuttan enthuses about Cumbrian students who recently joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for a week as part of the Dream Placement scheme. They welcomed spending their half-term week learning about different opportunities within the nuclear industry.
Michelle Cowley, Research Manager at NDA, shares details from the latest NDA PhD Bursary Seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to communicate the valuable work being carried out within our University research and development portfolio and real progress in generating solutions to complex problems in the area of nuclear decommissioning.
How do we improve the gender balance in the nuclear industry? The conversation around this topic was kick-started at a recent conference. Nikos Adamidis shares his thoughts on the day’s discussions and how we can all make change happen.