A visionary campus that’s training young people in science and engineering has opened its doors after being transformed from old research labs at Berkeley power plant – a first of its kind from the NDA.
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.
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.
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.