Cumbria

The changing value of apprenticeships: essential for the nuclear industry

Jack, Jack, Natalie and Rebecca: 4 Sellafield Ltd project management apprentices

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.

Could you have the solution to the challenges in nuclear decommissioning?

Chris Hope and Melanie Brownridge at Digital Catapult Centre

Chris Hope, who’s on secondment to the NDA, from Sellafield, is urging organisations to sign up tp one of four brokering events around the UK as part of a competition to distribute nuclear innovation funds totalling £3 million.

Melanie Brownridge, Head of Technology, outlines how this competition is part of NDA's ongoing commitment to seek innovation across all its sites and encourage news ways of working that are safer, faster and cheaper.

Earlier emptying of waste will reduce both nuclear risk and costs

Exterior of the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS)

Gary Snow, Head of the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo Programme at Sellafield, explains how a simplified, ‘lead and learn’ approach has meant waste will be retrieved earlier than previously planned, costing £250m less, from the UK’s oldest nuclear waste storage facility – leading to a significant new milestone in the NDA’s draft business plan for 2017 to 2020.

Making a difference in Cumbria

Brian Hough presents recognition awards to individuals and organisations who undertake a wide range of activities (Photograph courtesy of www.chrislewisphoto.co.uk)

During National Volunteers’ Week, Brian Hough, NDA’s Socio-Economic and Stakeholder Manager, celebrated the work that is making a difference to communities in Cumbria, and encourages everyone to think about how they can make a difference.