As NDA Chairman Stephen Henwood CBE steps down, he reflects on nine years at the heart of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and its growing confidence as a national strategic body leading a vital UK programme.
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?
John Clarke, NDA's CEO, gives his view on the major milestones in hazard reduction across UK’s historic nuclear sites, as outlined in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Annual Report and Accounts 2015 to 2016.
Carl Smith, PCM Decommissioning Senior Project Manager at Low Level Waste Repository Ltd, describes how hard work, dedication and commitment has led to a demolition project being at least 4 years ahead of schedule and forecast to save £30 million compared to its original cost forecast.
Stuart Law, Magnox Ltd Site Director at Wylfa nuclear site in Wales, celebrates 24 years of dedicated fundraising support from staff.....who in total have raised a whopping £200,000 for local charities. A fantastic achievement for the community.
Stuart Blair, Higher Activity Waste Production Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how lessons learned have meant that the second of Hunterston’s five concrete waste bunkers has now been successfully emptied of its hazardous contents – using 23 less containers than the first bunker clearance, and completing 6 weeks ahead of schedule.
Paul Oswald, Site Delivery Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how, 50 years after its accumulation and a number of failed attempts to retrieve it, a uniquely complex range of mixed waste is finally being retrieved from the vaults where it was kept. Find out more about the work to ensure safe storage of this radioactive waste.
Civil engineer Jack Hardy spent 8 months with the NDA as part of the nucleargraduates training scheme and now works for Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC). He describes how the varied experience built up his understanding of the industry, developed a network of contacts and led to an ongoing involvement with the NDA’s mission.
Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent, explains why, even though NDA sites are heading for eventual closure, it is essential that NDA, its estate, subsidiaries and supply chain support apprenticeships.
Natasha Hanson, Head of HR Strategy and Delivery, and Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent, describe the challenges around maintaining a skilled workforce for such a long-term mission. They share the work underway to overcome these challenges, and seek your views on this approach.