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.
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.
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.
Carole Jones, as an Executive Member of Women in Nuclear (WiN), outlines what the WiN group offers people so that they can develop their knowledge, personal network and ultimately raise their profile in the nuclear industry. She also encourages employers to join WiN and review and remove potential barriers to the recruitment and retention of women and under-represented groups in their company.
Natasha Hanson, Head of HR Strategy, commends Magnox Ltd on its success in redeploying staff from its site at Wylfa, on Anglesey, to its Trawsfynydd site in Gwynedd. She explains the benefits of this approach for the workforce and the importance for NDA’s mission to decommission the UK’s earliest nuclear sites.
Beccy Pleasant, NDA's Head of Skills and Talent, and Sam Dancy, NDA Supply Chain Manager, encourage the supply chain to share how they are developing the expertise that will help bridge potential skills gaps in the industry. Companies are encouraged to submit applications by 9 September for a new supply chain award for the Best Enhancement of Capability and Capacity .
Phil Quayle, who is currently on the nucleargraduate programme, tells us about a fun-filled day at Lancashire Science Festival where he encouraged kids to think about how science can be useful in nuclear decommissioning as well as fun!
During UK Robotics Week, Natasha Hanson - Head of HR Strategy and Delivery, explains how use of robotics in nuclear decommissioning does not replace the need for skilled people to work on our UK sites. More than anything, use of robotic technology opens up various, exciting career opportunities in an industry that needs people to work with and understand robotics.
Recent graduates Gordon Cheung and Annelisa Hussey initially knew little about nuclear. Find out why they both joined the nucleargraduates scheme in 2015, how valuable their experience on the scheme has been, and where they are heading next.