As many of you know, hundreds of suppliers and industry specialists recently made their way to Manchester for the 7th NDA Estate Supply Chain Event. It was an incredibly busy day with a packed agenda, including the presentation of our prestigious Supply Chain Awards and keynote speeches from our CEO and Rear Admiral Keith Beckett.
Paul Vallance, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the NDA, talks all things decommissioning and what the future holds for the nuclear industry.
After months in planning, one of the most important weeks in our calendar has finally arrived… on Thursday 2 November we will open doors at Event City in Manchester and welcome over 1,600 people to one of the sector’s biggest networking and knowledge sharing events - the NDA Supply Chain Event.
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.
NDA Technical Assurance Manager, Darrell Morris, recently explored the decommissioning links between nuclear and the oil and gas industry at an event in Aberdeen.
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).
Nigel Hale, from DroneOps, shares his thoughts on the recent brokering event that he joined to understand more about these questions and the potential answers. The NDA's Integrated Innovation Competition for Nuclear Decommissioning is an opportunity for companies to bid for and share £3 million of funding for projects that will address some major challenges at Sellafield.
Ron Gorham, Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and SME Champion, shares news of a new portal for smaller businesses to access a wide range of sub-contracting opportunities in UK nuclear decommissioning.
Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent at NDA, recently chaired the judging panel for the National Apprenticeship Awards. She celebrates the value of on-the-job training and welcomes views on what more could be done to increase opportunities for individuals and organisations?